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Carlton Civil Engineering...A unique approach to training apprentices

  • Tales from the frontline...Craig Caplen - 'Walking the Walk' - from apprentice to Management Trainee with Galliford Try  
  • Changes to National Minimum Wage
  • Read next time...CoTrain apprentice development day for second years - helping to prepare to complete apprenticeship and move forward in the industry 
  • Newsletter Archive - what have you missed?
Tales from the Frontline...apprentice stories
Craig Caplen


‘Walking the Walk’

From Apprentice to Management Trainee with Galliford Try

CoTrain Apprentice Site Technician completed Level 3 apprenticeship 2016
I was new to the industry when I joined CoTrain and didn’t have a lot of knowledge of what everyone does on site or how things are built.

As I progressed through my apprenticeship, first working for Geoffrey Osborne’s and then Morgan Sindall, I began to understand the basic nature of a building and what it takes to bring it all together.

Joining Galliford Try to complete the final leg of my training as an apprentice was very different and I had to learn to work independently as well as assisting in certain aspects of the project. Read more....
Changes to National Minimum Wage from April 2017

Per Hour:

Apprentices      £3.50 
Under 18s         £4.05
Over 18 to 20    £5.60
21 to 24            £7.05
25 and over      £7.50

CoTrain has been working with Carlton Civil Engineering for almost two years, to help to bring in new apprentices to their business, beginning with Groundworkers initially and more recently apprentice Quantity Surveyors.

We spoke to Directors, Jon Hannan (pictured left) and Kevin Miskella, about the challenges they have faced in recruiting groundworkers and also about their unique approach to training the new apprentice QSs.
If trainees don't get an understanding of what our men do and how the materials we use are put together to form the job, then they can’t value the works and hold conversations with our clients about the works" - Jon Hannan, Director at Carlton Civil Engineering ...Read more 
Carlton Civil Engineering Apprentices below...
(left) Nathan Barlow - Trainee QS, Joe Morgan (centre) Trainee Groundworker  and (right) Myles Butler Trainee QS
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Read next time....

CoTrain 'Development Day' for second year apprentices.

A career transition event helping apprentices to prepare to complete apprenticeships and move forwards in the industry….


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