Kier Scoops Apprenticeship Prizes
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Communities and also in Education
Kier's Mike Furze, Vicky Wood, Pat Blyth from Tyne Met College and former Kier apprentice Dave Kitson
Kier North Tyneside has picked up a trio of prominent industry awards, rounding off a hugely successful year for the company. The awards recognise Kier’s commitment to providing apprenticeship opportunities for the local community while carrying out repairs and maintenance services to 15,600 properties and 600 public buildings on behalf of North Tyneside Council.
After winning Large Employer of the Year in the regional rounds of the National Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year, Kier North Tyneside was Highly Commended in the national finals. The company was also included in the City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, recognising Kier for going the extra mile to help apprentices succeed and acknowledging it as a role model to other organisations.
The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellence in businesses growing their own talent through apprenticeships, as well as apprentices making a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Kier also won the prestigious Project Contribution to Community Engagement category at the National Skills Academy for Construction Awards, acknowledging its outstanding commitment to construction recruitment and training in North Tyneside. The award ceremony, which took place at the Skills Show, recognised projects that set specific targets around recruitment and training, and thereby support their local economies.
Kier North Tyneside has seen 40 apprentices secure employment with the company since starting apprenticeship programmes. The company also encourages apprentices to pursue management positions, with 100% of operational managers having completed apprenticeships.
In the latest intake North Tyneside Kier offered nine youngsters the chance to gain vital on-the-job experience through a 14-month apprenticeship scheme. The new starters, aged between 16 and 18, all came from the local area and are currently working alongside dedicated Kier mentors while attending classroom sessions at TyneMet College to support their development.
Kier regional director for maintenance, Mike Furze, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our work in providing apprenticeship schemes across the region. Our work with local schools and in the local community is just as rewarding for us as it is for our apprentices. Not only do they gain the skills they need for a career in the industry, but we get enthusiastic young people ready to learn and dedicated to the job.
“As one of the lead employers in the region, we are constantly looking for new ways of working with the local community and supporting local job prospects. These awards are a fantastic achievement and round off a hugely successful year for Kier North Tyneside.”
TyneMet College principal and chief executive, Jon Vincent, added: “We are thrilled that Kier has been recognised for its commitment to providing apprenticeship and training opportunities to its staff. It is clearly evident that Kier invests a great deal in its workforce and we as a college will continue to deliver high quality training to its staff to match this investment.
“The College is committed to working in partnership with forward thinking organisations, such as Kier, to help to create more employment opportunities for students on apprenticeship programmes and to develop a highly trained workforce of the future.”