Lafarge Tarmac has opened up its annual recruitment programme, with apprenticeships available across many of its 330 sites. The announcement coincides with National Apprenticeship Week in the UK.
The construction materials company will hire 75 new apprentices for 1 – 4 year schemes. They will also receive vocational training at higher education colleges in addition to technical training in their chosen discipline. All the recruits will be paid while they learn. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, they will also have the option to attend university.
Opportunities are being offered across a range of specialisms, such as mechanical and electrical apprenticeships, lab technicians, management trainees and road operatives. In addition, Lafarge Tarmac will employ six higher apprentices who will follow a work-based learning programme with the company’s aggregates and quarries business, which will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.
James Malloy joined Lafarge Tarmac in 2012 as a Quantity Surveyor apprentice. He is currently reading Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at the University of South Wales. Discussing the apprenticeship, James said: “The apprenticeship programme has transformed my life. It has provided me with solid vocational experience, as well as improved my career prospects and helped me fulfil my lifetime ambition of attending university. Lafarge Tarmac has supported me throughout this journey and is helping me fulfil my potential.”
Lafarge Tarmac’s apprenticeship programme is now in its second year. The company is committed to recruiting up to 120 apprenticeships and graduates each year with the added aim of supporting skills development, inspiring young people and creating a talented and diverse workforce in the UK’s construction industry.
“We’re passionate about creating a lasting skills legacy. I believe that our commitment to learning and innovation means we are well placed to offer expert support and guidance to nurture skills and kick-start successful, high quality careers. Our apprenticeships are a great opportunity for candidates to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and develop practical experience in a dynamic industry,” stated Cyrille Ragoucy, CEO of Lafarge Tarmac.
Skills Minister Nick Boles added: “Apprenticeships make absolute business sense while providing life changing opportunities for young people across the country. I am therefore delighted that Lafarge Tarmac is to employ 75 new apprenticeships. I would urge employers of all sizes to follow Lafarge Tarmac’s lead and to consider how they can make apprenticeships part of their growth strategy.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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