Supporting the future of construction through apprenticeships
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According to the latest published government report on apprenticeships in the UK (23 March 2020 – 31 July 2020) only 58,160 new UK apprenticeships started during this time, a decrease of 46% compared to the same period in 2019.
Obviously 2020 was a little more eventful than 2019 with a worldwide pandemic causing economic uncertainty but reskilling and training will be essential to the UK’s post-pandemic recovery.
At MCG Construction, we believe training and development is a regular necessity, not a 'one-off' exception, to keep our businesses thriving and moving forward. We are heavily invested in providing opportunities for the future of the construction industry by providing apprenticeships and hands-on experience.
Romaryo Angelo joined us through the apprenticeship route and after gaining a Business Administration Diploma and an NVQ qualifications plus on-site experience, has now become an Assistant Logistics Manager with MCG Construction.
Hi Romaryo, can you tell us how you heard about our apprenticeships?
I was working as a temporary labourer at the time and one my colleagues, a Site Manager, told me about the apprenticeship team and asked me whether I would be interested. Co-incidentally I later found out that a friend of mine was already on the apprenticeship scheme as an apprentice.
What attracted you to the apprenticeship route rather than working/university?
Five years ago, when I started working in construction and on site, it really inspired me to join the industry. I really enjoy it and hope I can open doors for other people too.
What qualifications did you gain during the apprenticeship?
I gained a Business Administration Diploma and an NVQ Level 2.
What attracted you to the construction industry?
I knew the college route wasn’t right for me, so I decided to try out construction on a temporary basis and I really enjoyed it. MCG Construction was really supportive to me throughout my apprenticeship and beyond, I have learnt a lot from the team. I wanted to better myself, I’m proud to be good at my job and it really challenges me.
What was your favourite part of the apprenticeship?
The journey, I have learned a lot about myself. It has been really challenging but I was able to work in a busy environment, solving problems, and my colleagues really helped me.