Best Apprenticeships to Kick-Start Your Career in Construction

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by Jessica Tabinor on

With A-level and GCSE result now released, a large number of young people will now be wondering what their next career step should be. More focus than ever has now been placed on Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes as an alternative to staying in full-time education as you can get on the job experience and learn as you earn.

The government launched the Apprenticeship levy in 2017 which has encouraged businesses with an annual turnover of £3 million to invest in apprenticeships a lot more. This has had an extremely positive effect and the number of engineering apprenticeships available to young people and the uptake of these apprenticeships has dramatically increased. In an industry where apprenticeships are already popular, the Levy is providing new opportunities to attract fresh talent and improve diversity.


TOP CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICESHIPS
 

As the UK government continues to propose large-scale infrastructure projects, it’s clear that young engineers are needed now more than ever to facilitate the change of Britain’s landscape.

We look at some of the best construction apprenticeships available to help you take the first steps of your career:


Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty describes their apprenticeship scheme as thinking “beyond the hard hat, beyond stereotypes, beyond ground-breaking and look forward to a future full of unlimited opportunity, infinite possibilities and far-reaching impact”.

Earning while you learn, you’ll get lots of development opportunities, mentoring and support from across the organisation – as well as the chance to make an impact on the world around you.

By completing this apprenticeship you’ll gain exposure to some pretty amazing projects too, like HS2, Hinkley Point C, Perth Transport Futures and the Manchester Engineering Campus Development project.

 

Costain Group

The engineering apprenticeship with Costain offers a structured development programme which leads to a Certificated Apprenticeship. The programme features one day of college study and four days working towards your qualification (NVQ Level 3) by gaining on-the-job experience.

Costain provides two pay reviews a year for each apprentice, on-going support and exciting career development with what has been found to be one of the UK’s ‘Most Admired’ companies.
 

The British Army

If you are looking to develop your skills whilst travelling the world then this one’s for you. The Army has one of the largest Apprenticeship programmes in the UK with 18,000 young people enrolled and over 8,000 apprentices passing their training each year. Better still, the Army Construction Apprenticeship Programme is part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for an employer while learning relevant work-based skills.

An apprenticeship with the army can open new doors as 98% of recruits finish with qualifications that they can build on during and after their Army career.
 

Crossrail and HS2

Building a railway requires a lot of construction manpower and with two large rail construction projects underway there are plenty of jobs in the field available at your fingertips.

It is believed that the cutting-edge HS2 project will create approximately 2,000 apprenticeships and will give young people the opportunity to work on one of the biggest and most complex construction projects to date.

Crossrail is big on producing a skills legacy for the industry whilst furthering the careers of its apprentices. A number of opportunities are available across engineering and construction, which will give apprentices high-quality skills training, a paid salary and a relevant qualification upon completion

Visit our dedicated HS2 page to keep up to date with the latest news and views from the project.

 

MORSON’S APPRENTICESHIP PLEDGE

Morson are champions of apprenticeships, we believe that they are a fantastic way to get both young people into employment and help professionals transition into new careers. Check out the video below where we chat to our apprentices at Morson Projects to find out what doing an apprenticeship is really like.

 

 

Read more about our pledge to maintain a minimum of 5% of our workforce enrolled in apprenticeship schemes across our business.


Cx Jobs

Project Controller - P6

Project Controller with a defence/aerospace/nuclear engineering background is required to lead tasks and activities to deliver the approved scope of work in accordance with the specified objectives, as agreed with the Senior Project Manager or their delegate. The Project Controller will also monitor resource demands and actual availability of the project team and prepare reports showing budgets, actual and forecast costs and earned value information in accordance with APM guidelines. This role will be a remote role with some time spent in the office in the North Yorkshire Moors.The role involves but is not limited to the following:Supports the project manager with the day-to-day management and deliverable completion of the projects, using agreed resources, by an agreed date to agreed safetystandards and an agreed quality within an agreed budget.Responsible for coordination, scheduling and reporting of activities as agreed with the Project Manager.Responsible for coordinating all project gate reviews, recording of any actions and the production and approval of the gate review report.Facilitates the identification of lessons learnt from previous projects and programmes, as well as any new lessons from their project team.Undertakes the role of risk coordinator, and ensures the project follows the agreed risk management plan.Responsibility to ensure a project resource plan for the entire project lifecycle is regularly reviewed and updated.Responsible for coordinating the project's change management process, and specifically being the chair of the regular change board.Ensures that a master decisions & assumption log or equivalent is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.Responsible for establishing and auditing against a project configuration management process.Supports the project manager to establish and undertake the Project Scope reviews.Responsible for the development, monitoring and updating of a detailed manage the project workstream schedule.Reporting on the project workstream progress on a regular basis and escalate when exceptional circumstances arise.Has responsibility for the creation and upkeep of the Project Files, meetings, records and correspondence, and maintaining the Project Controls information.Delegated chair for weekly progress review and workshop meetings as required.Chairs project change board meetings and ensures all other necessary actions and minutes are recorded as required.Ensure that the project is given appropriate priority and ensuring that adequate resources are available and escalate to the project manager as required.Ensure all project reviews are carried out in accordance with project governance set out in the project management plan.Support the project manager in the preparation of initial and ongoing estimates of the project costs, including resource, materials and contingency costs.Monitor cost expenditure for the pre-sanction works against estimates and report cost position to Project Manager on a regular basis.Manage Project Documentation, from Initiation to Handover, meeting all milestones within the Project Programme to ensure that the project progresses in a timely manner.Person SpecificationKnowledge and experience of a Programme Management OfficeDemonstrable, specific skills and experience in planning, ideally in a complex programme environmentProficient in P6Working knowledge of Microsoft ProjectStrong analytical, problem solving and reporting skills to deliver precise insight on programme performance

Systems Engineer

Lead Systems Safety Engineer required to work on major rail projects. Contract or Permanent Staff position available Contract (Inside IR35) Role is required to support the application of the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations and the Common Safety Method on Risk Assessment to rail projects. Previous Railway Systems Safety Engineering experience essential. Client requires railway experience in order to hit the ground running. Working Knowledge in HAZOP/HAZOP/RAMS analysis in a railway environment. Demonstrable track record in engineering safety management. Knowledge of safety verification requirements of Network Rail and London Underground.

Quality Engineer

An opportunity has arisen for a Quality Engineer to join the team with our prestigious clientSummary of Role:To assure the fitness for purpose (airworthiness) of products and drive/lead a Right First Time & zero waste culture. Also to maintain and expand regulatory, customer and third party accreditation and to ensure effective systems of assurance.Principal Accountabilities:Establishment and maintenance of the Quality Management Systems and associated Regulatory, Customer and Third party Accreditation's.Liaison with Regulators, Customers and Third Parties on issues which affect accreditation, airworthiness and product conformance to achieve regulatory and customer accreditation.Establish and manage the Quality Metrics across to achieve policy deployment goals.Lead the drive to achieve Right First Time and zero waste through SQCDP Value Stream activity utilising lean tools and methodologies. Identification of Root cause and the implementation of robust corrective actions and control measures.Support all functional teams in key areas of shared responsibility including Training, Continuous Improvement, Risk, Process Engineering and Process Responsibilities/Accountabilities.Key Stakeholder in determining innovation / technical development strategies.Work cross functionally to help drive a consistent and effective approach to New Product Introduction (NPI).Actively participate in bid and contract reviews and assist with quality aspects of project management as required to ensure bid success and bid delivery.Uphold processes that assure the effective health, safety and environmental best practices as defined by the Business HSE management system.The Post holder is expected to work flexibly within the role. It is expected for the post holder to carry out activities for which they are competent. Additionally, the post holder will also carry out additional duties upon request from Senior Management.QualificationsDegree level education, in anengineering / science discipline.Qualifications recognised by regulatorybodies (eg EASA , FAA etc. )Demonstrable continuous professionaldevelopment.Experience10+ years in an equivalent role /environment.Experience of installing and maintainingQuality Management SystemsExceptional product and processexperience.Demonstrable experience in anadvanced manufacturing environment.Demonstrable experience in decisionmaking roles.Demonstrable risk assessmentexperienceDemonstrable experience of commercialawareness / budgetary controls.Skills and AptitudeExcellent understanding of qualityassurance management principles andpractice.Target driven with excellent analyticalskills to support continuousimprovement.A Leader and Communicator able tomotivate and manage cross functionalteams.Strategically focused but with strongoperational knowledge.Detailed understanding of SpecialProcess requirements within AdvancedManufacturing Organisation.Strong knowledge of the AerospaceRegulatory Environment andAirworthiness principlesUnderstanding of LEAN principles andpractice.Managerial / Business acumen andawareness.

Trend Research Engineer

Currently recruiting for a Trend Research Engineer for a large well know automotive client. The automotive industry is transforming from over a century long businesses that relied on car production and sales, the industry now aims at becoming 0 emission mobility provider. This change is influenced by various technical and non-technical factors including for example the availability of new technologies as well as socio-political and environmental drivers.A passionate, experienced mobility ecosystems expert is welcome to join the Trend Research Team to help the client comprehend the changes occurring in the mobility space (and the space surrounding mobility), particularly within smart cities in Europe. This work will also lead to identifying technology and business research opportunities coming from the above mentioned observations. The successful candidate should show experience in one or more of the following disciplines:Europe smart cities and smart mobility - both technology and socio-economic expertise is a mustData analyses - previous experience in information research/ analyses will be required to successfully perform in this jobYou will have strategic thinking mind-set to translate the research findings to new technology and business research opportunitiesGeneral knowledge of the technology fields related to electric vehicles (EV), EV charging infrastructures, connected cars and autonomous cars is an assetIdentification and creation of new work (make new research project proposals & new budget requests) Qualifications/SkillsUniversity degree (bachelor or higher. Preferably in an engineering field)Previous, documented experience in smart cities and smart mobility topicsPrevious experience in data research and data processingAble to process complex information (information identification, compiling and distilling down to compact formats)Ability to self-propelled work (be able to work on their own) but also to work in a team when necessaryGeneral understanding of electric vehicle, connected cars and autonomous cars technologyGood communication skills (written and spoken)Good presentation skillsGood computer skillsWilling to travel (within Europe)

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