Higgins Construction supports 10th Annual National Apprenticeship Week

Posted: 07/03/2017

Higgins Construction is searching for its next wave of apprentices through a series of events across London which have been organised to support this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.

The company will be attending Hackney Apprenticeship Programme event and Southwark Construction Skill Centre Celebration Event on 6th March; The Apprenticeship Blueprint Event at The Oval Cricket Ground on 7th and Aspire Apprenticeship Open Evening in Angel on 8th March.

Higgins Construction is extremely committed to taking on apprentices across all its sites and over the past 10 years has recruited a minimum of 10 apprentices each year.  

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction comments, “As an organization we know that apprentices are at the heart of our business. With the acute shortage of labour and the ever-growing demand for new homes, we need to ensure that we encourage young people into the construction industry, and apprenticeships are an excellent way of doing this.

“We have had many success stories of apprentices working their way up through the organisation and these positions are not just for those looking to work on a site; there are also roles in residents’ liaison, site administration, marketing and surveying.”

Hayley Heath secured a position at Higgins Construction in July 2014 after a series of interviews where she was one of twelve potential candidates. Since joining the company she has studied for an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration which she completed in December 2015.

Hayley comments, “I was working in retail for two years and felt that my career was going nowhere. When the opportunity came up for a Trainee Administrator at Higgins I was really interested. Although I hadn’t worked in administration before, I heard that Higgins would provide training so I jumped at the chance. I went for an interview and got the job. At the same time, I was studying for a qualification – I couldn’t have been happier.”

Hayley impressed Higgins so much with her skills and commitment that she was made a permanent member of staff in February 2016 and is now Site Administrator at King Square, Islington.

Higgins apprentice Shane Chapman aged 20, works at Banbury Park in Walthamstow. He has just gained his NVQ Level Two in carpentry through Waltham Forest College and is now hoping to start is NVQ Level Three.

Shane comments, “I was studying carpentry at Waltham Forest College when I was approached by Higgins Construction to join their apprenticeship scheme at Banbury Park. Working on site as well as studying has really opened my eyes to how everything works in the industry and not just learning in the classroom. Seeing something being built from scratch and being part of it has made me much more interested in carpentry and wanting to further my training.

“My apprenticeship has meant I am working four days on site and have one day at college. The assessors them come to site and will take photos and watch me complete parts of my course, such as hanging doors. I highly recommend this route to anyone thinking about it.”

Rory Turnbull, Projects Manager for Higgins Constructioncomments, “We are very pleased to see Shane reach his apprenticeship and move on to the next level of his training. Apprenticeships deliver important benefits to both apprentice and employer and are a great way of encouraging future generations into the industry.”

2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England during the last Parliament and so far, 624,000 apprenticeship starts have been reported since May 2015. The government invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during 2014/2015; and are doubling the annual level of spending on apprenticeships between 2010-11 and 2019-20 in cash terms to £2.5 billion. Apprenticeships are available in 1.500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries.

National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 6th to 10th March, was set up by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impacts they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

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