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Industry shows support for National Apprenticeship Week

Willmott Dixon is seeking to boost its apprentice provision by 31% over the forthcoming year as part of the expansion of its award-winning training programme.

The announcement comes as the company undertakes a series of events across the UK as it celebrates the achievements of its 58 current apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March).

Now in its eighth year, National Apprentice Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive effect they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Willmott Dixon is looking to boost apprentice numbers to 76 by the end of 2015, as it carries out recruitment campaigns locally to where contracts are held. It has also committed to recruiting 11 management trainees who will work across the business.

The new apprenticeship positions will build on the existing programmes offered by Willmott Dixon Partnerships and will cover trades including carpentry, plumbing, gas and office administration.

Managing director Mick Williamson said: “We are delighted to be able to create these apprenticeship opportunities at Willmott Dixon. Each year we seek to build on the numbers of apprentices employed and this year, with the growth of business, we are seeking to increase numbers by 31%.

“Our skills programmes and initiatives allow hundreds of people to access and enhance knowledge to help them have a successful career. We firmly believe apprentices are the future of our business and, through initiatives such as this, we look forward to them being a part of our continued growth plans.”

JS Wright associate director Paul Millington has just guided his 50th apprentice towards an engineering career, with plans to take on another four trainees in 2015.

His firm currently has four technical apprentices at its Aston head office and 14 craft apprentices working on site on mechanical services projects ranging from fitting out extra care homes across the Midlands to equipping 400 new luxury apartments at Canary Wharf on what is the firm’s biggest-ever contract, valued at £18m.

The company also takes on a design engineering apprentice each year. One is currently being funded through a degree course in building services at Coventry University as a pioneering step inJS Wright’s continuous investment in the future of its employees.

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