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This month....CoTrain year 2 apprentices prepare to leave...
  • In Your Own Words...Amy Baber, Community Engagement apprentice
  • CE Awards - Willmott Dixon 'Apprenticeship Initiative' winners
In Your Own Words...

Amy Baber

...on presenting at a school career event

CoTrain Business Admin apprentice (for Construction sector)
with Willmott Dixon Cobham
Along with my apprentice colleagues, we attended a careers event at a secondary school in Guildford.

The young people that we spoke to ranged between ages 14 and 18 years, as we had also spoken to Sixth Form students.

The types of thing we talked to them about was about construction and Willmott Dixon as a whole and how it is completely different to what most people think about construction.

I spoke to quite a few girls who had the same image of construction as I did before I started working for Willmott Dixon - that it would just be building, being on site with your hard hat and boots, but I think I managed to change a few of their minds.

I spoke about the 200 + roles that a company like Willmott has to offer. We also spoke to them about being an apprentice and the variety of work we get involved with while training.

We had a lot of interest and it would be great to see more females join the industry. 

Amy is a Level 2 Business Admin apprentice on placement with Willmott Dixon in Cobham where she is supporting the Community Engagement team.

Could you provide an opportunity for a administration apprentice..? Get in touch...07468 511911
Willmott Dixon - 2016 winners of Apprenticeship Initiative award.
From Left - Ben Silsby, Millie Demol and Richard Pickett

Following a sparkling CE Awards (London and South East) ceremony at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, we are proud to announce Willmott Dixon as the Apprenticeship Initiative Winners at the 2016 Constructing Excellence Awards!

Their apprenticeship scheme has helped many a young person into employment and continues to do so. You can read more about them here ...

A huge congratulations also goes to Darke & Taylor who picked up the 'Highly Commended' award for the evening for their fantastic Apprenticeship Scheme. Click here to read more...

CoTrain apprentice Matt Shepherd was chosen to help present the awards to our highly commended and our winner!

The 2017 awards are already being planned, and we are always looking for fresh new entrants for our category!

SECBE is always proud to sponsor the CE Awards and their ethos of recognising the best and inspiring the rest.

If you have an apprenticeship scheme worth shouting about make sure to watch this space for information on how to enter.

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....and make their way into the world of employment. 
CoTrain in partnership with CITB, has a proven success rate and all of our year 2 leavers have completed and passed their apprenticeships.  

At the end of a two year programme, our objective is that our young trainees will either go in to full time employment, or to progress to a higher level qualification and continue with their training.
Of the eight apprentices to complete this year, four have been snapped up by the contractors hosting their placements, one is joining the Navy, two will progress on to Level 3 training; and we only have one remaining opportunity for an employer to benefit from taking on an enthusiastic and qualified Level 3 technician.

So what's next for our leavers...?

L2 Bricklaying
Abdul R has completed his level 2 training with Taylor Wimpey/A&B Brickworks in Eastleigh and will go into direct employment with A&B.
Nathan R begain his training with Bouygues, went on to join Bricklayers Ltd and for the final 6 months of his level 2 training has been on placement with Roberts Bros, where he remain for a further 12 months as he progresses on to his Level 3 bricklaying training. 
Nathan F began his training with Willmott Dixon and has completed the second half of his level 2 training with KB Brickworks in Aylesbury and will remain with them as a Level 3 bricklaying apprentice.

L2 GCO (General Construction Operative)
Jet P has been training as a GCO (General Construction Operative) firstly with Baram and then on to Carlton Civil Engineering. He will remain with Carlton as a full time member of their team until he joins the Royal Navy later this year. . 
L2 Carpentry
Kieran H has been training as a carpenter/joiner and has been hosted by NH Etheridge on Galliford Try Reading Schools projects for the second half of his learning and then on to Osborne's Queens Court in Reading with them. Kieran will remain with NHE as a full time member of their team.
L2 Plumbing
Jamie P has been on placement with on a Willmott Dixon development in Reading where he was loaned out to PRS who has taught him his ‘trade’. Having completed his Level 2 training, Jamie will be retained by PRS who will take him on as a full time member of staff and help him to progress onto Gas Safe, the next step in becoming a qualified plumber.
BTEC Level 3 Site Technicians - Construction in the Built Environment
Craig C started his training with Osborne before moving on Morgan Sindall and then finally Galliford Try on their SNAC project in Southampton where he will continue with GT as a management trainee and a fully-fledged employee.
Alex H began his apprenticeship with Galliford Try and completed his Level 3 training with Beard. Alex is pursuing new ventures in the industry and is currently seeking an employer where he can further himself as a professional person. Perhaps you can help?

For more information contact Samantha Page on 07468 511911
New starters…Welcome to CoTrain!
We have been busy over the last few weeks, interviewing and recruiting for new apprentices.

Congratulations go to the following young people and the contractors hosting their training:

Kevin Chambers   Site Tech      BAM Portsmouth
Tom Holdaway      Interior Sys   Vi-Tec Southampton
Ben Dalmas          Interior Sys   Vi-Tec Southampton
Josh Gudgeon     Roofing          Southern Industrial Roofing
Tony Nixon           Roofing          Southern Industrial Roofing
CoTrain Apprentice Matt Shepherd (centre) on placement with Beard, presented the CE Awards 'Apprenticeship Initiative' to winners Willmott Dixon. Pictured here with Guy Hannell (left) from Beard and Julian Carter (CoTrain/SECBE) at CE Awards 2016. Click here for the full awards winners and feature finalists brochure.

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