Andrew Bilbrough and Brannigan Doyle are two of the 70 apprentices Willmott Dixon Partnerships invested in across the UK in 2012, to help meet skills shortages and deliver the company’s support services to over 170,000 homes.
Andrew has nearly completed his NVQ level 2 in carpentry, and will then be set to join the 1000-strong Willmott Dixon team responsible for the long-term repairs and maintenance of 60,000 properties for Birmingham City Council.
Andrew said: “Willmott Dixon has supported me tremendously throughout my apprenticeship, and as well as learning skills that will benefit my work for the business I am learning life skills that will help me throughout my working life.
“I am truly grateful for this great opportunity that I have been given and I would urge others not to hesitate in putting themselves forward for an apprenticeship scheme.”
Birmingham based electrician Ms Doyle has sparked a bright future for herself in the construction industry, thanks to the Willmott Dixon Partnerships apprenticeship programme.
Brannigan currently works on Willmott Dixon Partnership’s contract with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 36,000 homes in the south of Birmingham.
Speaking about her experience, Brannigan said: “This apprenticeship has given me a career and a trade in a very difficult economic period.
“In the future I think I would like to build on the strong knowledge base that I’ve acquired through my apprenticeship, and possibly study a degree or qualification that covers the planning aspects behind construction.”
Hundreds of organisations have come together to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the economy during the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which launched on 11 March and will end on 15 March.