It’s National Apprentice Week 2024 and the theme is ‘Skills for Life; encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.
According to figures published by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) in 2023, an additional 225,000 people are forecast to be needed in the UK construction sector by 2027. Apprentices are the backbone of the construction industry and its future depends on attracting and upskilling many more people to meet the rising demands of the industry. This puts National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) into the limelight as an opportunity to showcase construction and attract the best talent.
Szerelmey’s approach towards apprentices has always been supportive. We have some inspiring stories from our staff members who started off as apprentices and have worked their way up to senior roles in our company.
Currently, we have 3 apprentices who are working towards NVQ2 level in Stone Masonry for our new build side of the business and 2 who are training within our restoration division. You can find us at career fairs and taking part in community and social events to attract people onto this learning pathway.
Last year one of our apprentice stone restorers took part in the Wren carving festival giving him an opportunity for networking and discussion with other budding carvers. It was a great event bringing together new talent with experienced carvers read here.
We offer two apprenticeships, one for our restoration business and one for new build stone masonry, fixing and installation. Learning by the side of our experienced restorers and masons affords an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in the industry.
Check out our other article from National Apprenticeship Week 2022