Kier welcomes new apprentices
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Communities and also in Education
Left to right: Louis Vaines, Aaron Coulton, Sam Kinsley, Jake Flowers, James Schofield, Connor Russell, Aston Wiltshire, Christopher Marston, Brandon Fixter, Jacey Dixon
Ten apprentices were welcomed to their new positions at Kier sites across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire this month, continuing the company’s commitment to training young people and supporting them into meaningful employment. All aged between 16 and 19, the apprentices have been appointed to work across a number of professional trades including painting, plumbing and joinery.
During their time with Kier the new recruits will move around the business to gain a variety of experience while working towards a full apprenticeship qualification in their chosen trade. They will also have opportunities to carry out additional training sessions at local colleges and work alongside dedicated mentors who can share their wealth of industry experience.
Kier currently employs apprentices across all of its contracts in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who are carrying out qualifications and on-the-job training in a range of trades including plastering, heat and vent fitting, gas engineering, electrical and plumbing. These most recent apprenticeships will last between three and four years, depending on the training.
Kier regional director, Simon Bullen, said: “We are committed to helping young people develop careers in many different construction trades. It is important that, as a sector, we continue to invest in the future generation. Delivering on our promises for education, training and employment is beneficial for the people in our local areas and wherever possible we strive to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work.”
One of the new recruits, 18-year-old apprentice bricklayer Jacey Dixon, from Dodworth in Barnsley, commented: “The great thing about a Kier apprenticeship is they combine on-the-job learning with classroom-based sessions. The site is close to where I live and there appear to be good prospects with such a big company. We have now completed the first week of training and I have already learned so much about the job and the career I have ahead of me.”
Apprentices at Kier have a strong track record of achievement. Earlier this year, Kier Sheffield apprentice Adam Leonard, was named Kier’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in recognition of his hard work and accomplishments, including winning the regional finals of the UK Apprentice Plumber of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
As well as providing a top quality service to residents across the region, Kier apprentices have also proved themselves as quick thinking and cool headed in an emergency. Last year, 18-year-old heating apprentice Liam Cowley, from Hillsborough, saved the life of a tenant after she suffered a painful fall, helping to alert emergency services and administer first aid.
Kier apprentices carry out a comprehensive five-day induction at the start of their training covering subjects such as health & safety and customer care before starting their full-time roles on site.
For more information about Kier and training opportunities with the company visit www.kier.co.uk