The Land & Water apprentices have now been with us for a year and we could not be prouder of their growth.
With Government guidelines very much changing the day to day running of businesses and project sites, Harvey, Lizzie, Kyle and William have taken it all in their stride, working across various company departments and becoming an integral part of the team.
It has been great to watch them flourish.
We spoke to them individually to find out how they have found the past year and what they are looking forward to in the future.
From shadowing the Assistant Quantity Surveyor to assisting on project sites including the Hertford Union Canal, Lizzie told us that she has loved getting to know the different people across the multiple areas of the company as well as being able to travel to various locations. Once her apprenticeship is over, she hopes to complete a Civil Engineering degree which we know she will achieve so much in.
Like Lizzie, Harvey has also enjoyed his apprenticeship experience so far and feels he has learnt so much about the civil engineering sector from learning how to drive a tugboat to how to read drawings. He has most recently been working at the new Shakespeare Marina site in Stratford-upon-Avon which is a 250-berth marina due to open in Autumn this year.
Kyle has had a very hands-on apprenticeship journey after gaining all of his machine tickets so that he can jump on our specialist equipment at the Land & Water sites and help complete some outstanding projects. He has great ambitions for the future from completing his apprenticeship to hopefully progressing through the company to one day being able to manage his very own site. We can’t wait to see his dream become a reality.
Land & Water prides itself on working with bespoke machinery that enhances and improves the UK’s network of waterways. One of William’s highlights so far includes seeing a 100t crane being placed on to a 17-piece ravestein pontoon at the ‘Unlocking the Severn’ fish pass construction site at Holt Weir. It was a huge milestone for the project team and we are so glad it has become a lasting memory for William as he told us how he has been part of many things he never thought he could be. He also said how supported he has felt during his apprenticeship journey which we are so proud to hear.
Adrian Gascoyne, Managing Director of Land & Water Services, said: “I have personally enjoyed watching Lizzie, Kyle, Harvey and William progress through their apprenticeship. They have all grown so much, professionally and personally and it is great to see their confidence shining through as they experience the different business aspects of Land & Water.
“Apprenticeships are hugely important to us and we have watched many make great impacts to the business over the years, whilst becoming outstanding mentors for other young people as they start their journey within civil engineering.
“I am hugely excited at the prospect of seeing what our four apprentices achieve over the next year as they continue to provide great vigour and enthusiasm for the role they each play in Land & Water.”