Seddon boosts construction training during National Apprenticeship Week

Builder and developer, Seddon, is celebrating the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6 – 10 March) by announcing its latest round of apprenticeship vacancies.

Seddon has taken on apprentices for more than 80 years and employs 77 trainees across the country.

This year, the firm is looking to recruit 11 apprentices across the following specialisms:
•    Bricklaying
•    Carpentry and joinery
•    Painting and decorating
•    Plastering
•    Plumbing.

The roles, which will be based at the company’s sites throughout the North West, are available for people aged 16 and over.

Applications open on the 6th March until 26th March. After this time, candidates will be invited to take part in a three-stage recruitment process comprising group interviews, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) testing and one-to-one interviews.

Successful candidates will start on the 5th September, with a four-day induction including health and safety training.

All new trainees are allocated a learning mentor – a current Seddon employee who will help ensure they are competent in skills and professionalism, including the confidence to succeed.

Kat Healey, training and apprentice coordinator at Seddon, said: “We run an industry-leading, quality apprenticeship programme that enables our trainees to achieve accredited qualifications, gain valuable site experience and achieve their individual potential. 

“While we train to retain, we focus on developing skills for the wider industry. As such, we offer a variety of pathways and opportunities for apprentices, so that they in turn can invest in our industry, driving quality and passion for the built environment. We are looking for individuals who want to aim for the stars, exceed their own expectations and be proud to do work that touches every walk of life.”

The company’s apprentices receive three and a half years training, above the national average of three years, with 97 per cent remaining with the company after their course has finished.

Martyn Price MBE, chairman of the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce, said: “An apprenticeship provides real work experience, with a salary and the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Seddon has been synonymous with creating sustainable construction employment for local people for generations. Their apprenticeship programme is second to none and the structured support for learners is unrivalled within the sector.”

During National Apprenticeship Week, Seddon will also promote the benefits of apprenticeships and the roles available in the construction industry with various events held in the region.

On 6th March, Seddon will be hosting senior representatives from 15 local colleges at its North West offices, as well as exhibiting at Bolton Jobs Fair from 10am – 1pm.

Kat Healey and Roy Cavanagh MBE, Seddon’s training and apprenticeships executive who recently celebrated his 50th year with the firm, will be at Harrop Fold School, Little Hulton, on 7th March, discussing apprenticeship pathways with Year 10 pupils.

A number of Seddon apprentices are taking part in a careers event at Wigan and Leigh College on 8th March, while 5 of the company’s apprentices are nominated at the Salford College Apprenticeship Awards, which take place on the 9th March.

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