From Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March, award winning civil engineers Land & Water Group will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and encouraging young people to consider a career within the sector.
With a dedication to staff wellbeing and offering opportunities for career development, Land & Water is committed to being a leading employer within the industry. The business is focused on discovering and nurturing the next generation of talent, supporting young people to develop skills, knowledge and experience. Over the past year, Land & Water Group has successfully trained four apprentices. Each apprentice has now joined the company in a full time role.
Junior Contracts Engineer, Hannah Burtenshaw joined the Land & Water apprenticeship scheme in November 2016. Since then she has worked across all aspects of civil engineering, growing in confidence and building her skill set. After studying a Level 3 NVQ in Construction, she is now undertaking a HNC in Construction at London Southbank University.
This has led to her developing a vast understanding of the industry as a whole, allowing her to take the next step to become a fully qualified Junior Contracts Engineer within the company. This National Apprenticeship Week she is encouraging other young, talented women to consider a career within this rewarding industry.
Hannah comments: “After finishing my A-Levels I decided against University as I felt I would gain better job security by going down the apprentice route. The Land & Water apprenticeship scheme sounded really interesting to me, and I was keen to discover more about where a career there would lead me. Today, my role as Junior Contracts Engineer is very exciting. No two projects are the same and each presents their own challenges and opportunities.”
She continues, “There are many misconceptions surrounding gender specific roles within the construction industry which is why I am passionate about highlighting how worthwhile a career in this industry can be for women.”
Land & Water Group has also successfully trained Finlay Jordan, Joe Parker and Ryan Pearce, who all now work for the company as Junior Contract Engineers.
After completing their courses, Land & Water’s apprenticeships have the chance to take their learning even further and go on to obtain an HNC whilst continuing their career and earning money. Each apprentice is also fully supported by a Line Manager and team at the office who aid their learning and development.
James Maclean, CEO at Land & Water comments: “High-quality service, the latest technology and up-to-date solutions can only be achieved with a skilled and highly trained workforce. That’s why quality training is a cornerstone of the Land & Water way. Our apprenticeship scheme equips young, talented individuals with all of the skills to lead them on to a successful career within the construction industry.
Whilst working with us, our apprentices get to work on a wide range of exciting projects and liaise directly with large clients including the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency.
We are passionate about fulfilling the potential of people at every stage in their career and enabling them to bring ideas, solutions and service excellence to every project. We look forward to welcoming new recruits in 2019 and helping them climb the career ladder within this growing and dynamic industry.”
To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2018-naw-2018 or use the hashtag #NAW2019 across social media.