8-14 February marks National Apprenticeship Week. An annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships being undertaken by employers and apprentices across the UK.
We are proud to be able to support 60 current apprentices across our organisation who are undertaking apprenticeships whilst working at Essex Highways, Cheshire East Highways, Transport for Buckinghamshire, Central Bedfordshire Council Highways and London Highways Alliance (LoHAC) and Corporate. Apprenticeships include Highways Maintenance, Civil Engineering, Project Management and Procurement.
Employing people on Apprenticeships brings a wide range of skills and talent to our organisation. We are pleased to be able to support apprentices joining our organisation for an introduction into the world of work as well as enabling existing employees to build upon practical skills and engage in continuous professional development to help progress with their career.
We have seen several successful apprentices over the years, and here is just a small sample of their experience and feedback below:
Romone Brown, Highways Operative at Cheshire East Highways said, “Since starting with Ringway Jacobs I have enhanced my knowledge of works within the highway industry and I am hoping to progress further into the business”.
Dalton Mansfield, Permit Officer at Essex Highways is extremely satisfied with his apprenticeship and said, “The apprenticeship surpassed my expectations and served its purpose in helping me into the working world. I was able to learn multiple roles, whilst also acquiring a level 3 Business Administration certification. It is now thanks to my apprenticeship I have a plan for my future!”
Stephanie Fox, Depot Manager at Cheshire East Highways said, “When I first started with Ringway Jacobs in 2014 I had no idea what I wanted a career in and did not want to pursue university straight from A Levels. I wanted to get working and when the opportunity came up, I took it with both hands! The support and encouragement from Ringway Jacobs was amazing. I was able to still gain an educational qualification whilst carrying out full time work, which I thoroughly enjoyed and has also helped me achieve many personal goals”.
Stephanie continued, “The support from the whole business, especially my manager was outstanding throughout my apprenticeship and then onto further learning and development when I completed my degree”.
We would like to thank all of our apprentices who were able to support our involvement with National Apprenticeship Week 2021 from 8-14 February by sharing their stories and to all our apprentices for persevering with their work during the pandemic.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week this week, Paul Haggerty, our Learning and Development Advisor will be hosting an informative virtual session for all our apprentices to join as an opportunity to discuss their experiences and meet other apprentices from across the business.
Paul, who joined us in August last year has, 7 years’ experience in being an Apprenticeship Assessor and part of his role is responsibility for overseeing the Ringway Jacobs Apprenticeship delivery. Paul said, “Within my role, I liaise with the apprenticeship training providers to ensure our apprentices are progressing, developing and learning throughout their programmes”. Paul continued, “Having delivered apprenticeships in my previous role, I am able to offer advice and guidance to our apprentices and their line managers to ensure successful completion of their courses”.
We wish all apprentices the very best in your careers with us, we are always here to support you along your journey and look forward to more employees and new candidates joining our organisation seeking apprenticeship opportunities.