Wienerberger is encouraging students to explore the diversity of roles available within the construction industry as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
The current skills shortage within the construction industry has been much publicised, however the range of careers available within the sector is far broader than many are aware of.
Whilst many apprentices within the industry undertake training in bricklaying, there are many more options available for apprentices who wish to enter the industry.
For instance, Harriette Ewens is currently working at Wienerberger’s Broomfleet site four days a week as a mechanical engineering apprentice.
Having worked for Wienerberger since May 2015, Harriette also spend one day a week studying through HETA – an organisation which provides health and safety training and engineering apprenticeships.
After completing Wienerberger’s apprenticeship scheme, Harriette will qualify as a mechanical engineer, a career that will challenge her to utilise maths, science and design within her day-to-day job.
Speaking of her role, Harriette commented: “It’s great to be a part of the team here at Wienerberger, where I’ve been given a brilliant platform to start my career in construction. Since leaving school and joining the company over a year ago, I’ve learnt a great deal, both through being on site learning on the job, and through undergoing additional training one day a week through HETA.
Each day is different, and I really enjoy being part of the team – it’s a huge aid to my development that I have so many experienced engineers around me, from which I can learn and adapt techniques. I’d definitely encourage anyone wanting to get involved within construction to consider the wide range of opportunities available.”
Brenda Hogan, Head of Learning & Resourcing discussed the importance of apprenticeships to Wienerberger. She added: “We are passionate about the recruitment and development of talented individuals to help increase skills, drive business growth and secure on-going competitiveness.
We believe it is vital to improve co-operation between schools and the construction industry, promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Our apprenticeship programmes provide on-the-job training while working towards a specialist qualification. Participants essentially are given the opportunity to earn while they learn.”
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