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Hope Construction launches Apprenticeship Academy

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Hope Construction Materials has launched an Apprenticeship Academy, which is looking to appoint four new apprentices this year at its quarries in Dowlow (near Buxton) and Holme Hall (near Rotherham), and at its cement plant in the Hope Valley.

Industry experts have a more positive outlook for the construction materials market and this is evident in Hope’s significant investment in the new academy. The apprenticeships offer an opportunity for flexible development throughout the business, which manufactures cement, concrete and aggregates around the country.

Human Resources Director Jim Verity commented: “We are committed to developing the 850 employees we have in our business and we also want to expand this pool of talent by bringing apprentices on board. This year we are excited to be launching our academy and offering three four-year electrical and mechanical schemes and one two-year technical scheme.

“Once recruited, the apprentices will be based at four of our sites: Hope Works (the largest cement works in the country, which produces around 1.4 million tpa); and our limestone quarries at Dowlow, near Buxton and Holme Hall, near Rotherham. Whilst they will be based at these sites, they will have the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of our business by taking part in projects in other areas of the business and also in local community events.

“Through our partnerships with local educational organisations, the apprentices gain Higher National Apprenticeships. Once the apprentices have completed their training successfully, they have the potential to be offered a permanent job and long-term career prospects with the company. We hope that the academy will help us identify people with the potential to be future leaders in our business.”

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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