Sky’s the Limit for Kier Stoke Apprentice
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities
Kier Stoke apprentice
Burslem-born Natalie Beech is climbing the career ladder after a work experience placement at Kier Stoke led her into a full-time apprenticeship role with the company.
Upon finishing college, Natalie spent two years out of work while applying for hundreds of jobs, but a lack of experience meant she was unable to secure employment. Thanks to a scheme from the Job Centre, Natalie was offered mentoring and job search support before being given the chance to spend eight weeks on placement with Kier Stoke in November last year.
Natalie’s supervisors were so impressed with her hard work and commitment during the placement that she was invited to attend an interview for a logistics technician apprenticeship; she was successful and was offered a full-time apprenticeship with Kier Stoke. Alongside her practical work, Natalie is undertaking classroom learning and revision sessions at local training provider PM Training, which will result in a level 2 NVQ qualification upon completing her two-year apprenticeship.
Natalie said, “When I started my work placement at Kier Stoke it was a real lifeline and I never imagined it could lead to a full-time position. I was initially quite nervous about being in such a large organisation and meeting so many new people, but all the team made me feel at home and I settled in straightaway.
“My manager, Steve Davies, is a real inspiration and offers me a lot of support in both learning about the business and my day-to-day tasks. He’s also promised to help me revise for my exams to make sure I’m fully prepared.
“The last few months have been a whirlwind and I’m so happy to now have my feet well and truly on the career ladder.”
Kier Stoke head of operations, Richard Wall, said: “At Kier Stoke we’re committed to helping local young people in any way we can. The job market is becoming increasingly limited, so work experience and apprenticeship opportunities are invaluable ways to boost employment prospects.
“Since Kier’s joint venture partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council began in 2008, Kier Stoke has employed over 32 full-time apprentices and supported nearly 200 young people across the region. We look forward to hearing many more success stories, like Natalie’s, in the future.”
For more information about Kier visit www.kier.co.uk