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    This National Apprenticeship Week we’re thinking of the young people whose education and beginnings of careers have been disrupted over the past 11 months. As an industry, construction may be one that’s better placed to lend a helping hand and provide a route to recovery.

    Right now we have opportunities for two apprentices in Wales and experienced roles available across all our divisions. There is also the Civil Engineering Groundworks Apprenticeship we helped set up with Fareham College and a group of Hampshire-based civil engineering employers.

    Critically, the two year apprenticeship provides a wage from day one with a paid, 20-week site preparation programme at the brand new Civil Engineering Training Centre, an extended period on site learning the skills of the trade and, guaranteed permanent employment on successful completion.

    The apprenticeship is suitable both for young people and adults looking to make a career change. With the skills gap our industry faces, we’re so grateful that this route is now feeding a steady stream of much-needed apprentices into our business.

    Liam joined the scheme in 2019. This is what he told us about his experience so far.

    “I joined Knights Brown as an apprentice groundworker and am currently completing the programme at Fareham College. The first 20 weeks enabled me to work most of the time at the college to obtain the basic skills I’m now developing on site. There are a number of apprentices like me in the division.

    I have been working on drainage and concrete pours and am learning a great deal from the experienced teams here. To date I have worked on:

    • A water utilities scheme at Berry Hill, Bournemouth
    • Harbour wall repairs at Weymouth
    • New tank sheds at the Bulford and Tidworth army camps

    I love working outdoors and am very hands on so this role suits me perfectly.”

    There are twice-yearly apprenticeship intakes in March and September. Applications should be made directly to Fareham College.