MCG Construction celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
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Photo caption (left to right): Pearce Tomlinson with Logistics Manager George Perj and Apprentice Emma Harris.
The logistics division of MCG Construction has 7 apprentices who are currently working within the business while studying for a range of construction focused qualifications. This week, during National Apprenticeship Week (8-12 February), we caught up with Pearce Tomlinson who completed his apprenticeship scheme and became an Assistant Logistics Manager at MCG Construction. Pearce initially joined the business two years ago working with our client Berkeley Homes in London.
Hi Pearce, can you tell us a little about what made you go down the apprenticeship route?
I knew that a university course wasn’t going to be for me as I’m much better suited to learning on the job rather than in a classroom. An apprenticeship appealed to me as I was able to earn a wage while learning a skill and gaining experience on site.
How has your job role and responsibilities changed since starting the apprenticeship? When I started my apprenticeship I was more office based and concentrated on the admin tasks and offering support to the team. Now I’m out on site a lot more, I have client interaction and I have my own section to look after. I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility, I’m more proactive and my confidence has definitely grown.
How did you find doing an apprenticeship and working? I really enjoyed the hands-on element of the apprenticeship, I loved being out on site and found the balance of work against the academic side manageable. After completing my NVQ Level 3 in Logistics Management I definitely gained a good overall knowledge and exposure to the construction industry and I’m excited to carry on learning in my role.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship to other people? Absolutely! The initial attraction for me was to be able to earn while I learnt and as I went through the apprenticeship, I realised I definitely made the right decision. I’ve learnt so much from my supportive mentors and having the opportunity to be hands on. Emma Harris is currently on her apprenticeship with us and I’m enjoying being able to offer her guidance and support as she works through her course.
National Apprenticeship Week (8-12 February) celebrates apprentices across the UK who are gaining hands-on experience in their chosen industry, while earning a salary and working towards academic qualifications.