Hope Construction Materials has launched a search for new recruits for its industry-leading Apprenticeship Academy. Britain’s leading independent construction materials company is looking for top talent to join its £300 million business in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Northeast. Apprenticeships are available at its Holme Hall and Coxoe quarries and at its cement plant in the Hope Valley.
The apprenticeships offer flexible development through the company, which manufactures cement, concrete and aggregates at sites throughout the country. Apprentices undertake a four-year engineering apprenticeship, gaining a recognised Higher National qualification (HNC) and a Level 3 NVQ Award.
Last year, Hope was overwhelmed with applications, so candidates are encouraged to get theirs in ahead of the 24 April deadline.
Current Hope apprentice, Daniel Repton, 17, said: “I recommend the apprenticeship to anyone that enjoys hands-on work and is looking to get stuck in to the construction industry and experience a range of different jobs.
“A balance between practical work shifts and lessons at college is brilliant and means you can put what you are learning into practice, giving you a real understanding of how and why things are done. The course has definitely exceeded my expectations, I didn’t think I’d be doing half the things I have been doing and I feel I really know so much about the industry and what I want to do.
“You get the sense everyone really cares about you and your progress, I’ve already met some friends for life and applying for the scheme is definitely the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Apprentice Henry Wilde, 17, an electrical engineer at Hope Works, added: “From day one I’ve been given lots of opportunities to develop both my theoretical and practical knowledge and working in a team of ten in the workshop there are plenty of people on hand to learn from.
“I was instantly made to feel a valued team member and it is a great feeling knowing your contributing directly to the great work being done on site.”
Jim Verity, Human Resources Director at Hope Construction Materials, said that the company is keen to find young people with the potential to be future leaders at Hope. “Once recruited, the apprentices and will have the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of our business by taking part in projects in other areas of the company and also in local community events.
“Through our partnerships with local educational organisations, the apprentices gain Higher National Apprenticeships and once they have completed their training successfully, will have the potential to be offered a permanent job and long-term career prospects within the company.”
For more information about the apprenticeships on offer please visit www.hope-careers.com.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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