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This month....CoTrain features in FIS magazine...
  • In Your Own Words...Will Bryan, Trainee Site Manager with Dawnus 
  • Welcome to our New starters
  • Teaser...for next time...'It's not all muddy boots'  - Business Admin apprentices in Construction
In Your Own Words...

Will Bryan

A day in the life of a trainee site manager.

CoTrain apprentice Technician on placement with Dawnus
Will joined Dawnus just six months ago as an apprentice Technician where he is training to become an assistant to the site management team.

He has made an excellent impression so far, so much so in fact, that Dawnus is already exploring the longer term options for Will with the intention of retaining him at the end of his training as a direct employee, all things going well.

We asked Will to tell us about his placement….

What does a typical day at work look like?

"When I first arrive at work I prepare paperwork that I need for that day followed by a walk around site to see what is going on and how we are doing with achieving the targets set.

My duties can change from day to day but some of the things I may be doing include: project planning meetings, toolbox talks, procurement meetings and various site based tasks such as finding ways around problems that come up with design and the construction of certain areas that may not work out to the drawings. "

What kind of responsibilities do you have?

"Health and safety is a very important part of the construction industry so a lot of my day is spent keeping on top of permits and working out the safest and most efficient way to carry out tasks and eliminating risks involved.

I also keep the daily site diaries, progress photos, ordering material, working out quantities the list goes on...

My favourite task is finding solutions to obstacles that we come across on the construction of the building."

Why construction?

"I chose the construction industry because it is something I have always had a keen interest in. The site is always changing which makes no two days the same. I like this as it never gets boring and you can see what you have achieved each week. "

How is this apprenticeship training helping you to develop as a professional?

"There is more to this job than I thought, some times it can be very demanding but also very rewarding.

This has helped me to adapt to the industry and I am always learning new skills. I am happy that I applied to do this apprenticeship and am looking forward to making a career from it.

My on-site team Matt, Dave and Martin have been a great support and teaching me a lot.

Any questions I have or anything that I need explaining, they always make the time to answer any questions or to teach me new skills."

See photo (right) for comments from Dawnus management team.
Read more next time....

Business Administration apprenticeships as an introduction to Construction

It’s not all ‘muddy boots’…
Construction has a diverse range of career opportunities to offer and not all involve ‘muddy boots’ jobs.

For those who may not have considered a career in construction, this admin apprenticeship can serve as an introduction to the sector and can give an insight to the variety of occupations available, starting initially with employment within an office setting, either on site or in Pre-Construction.

CoTrain and ViTec talk to FIS magazine about recruiting new apprentices into interior fit-outs sector.

Early in 2016, CoTrain and Vitec met at a Southern Construction Framework 'Meet the Buyer' event, held in Winchester.
Although Vitec had not employed an apprentice before, the company’s managing director Andy Witheford, wanted to find out about how CoTrain could support them in delivering an apprenticeship for a young person.
Mr Witheford outlines the situation. “We had previously found it difficult to find and attract young people, and had also been put off by the potential administration associated with apprentices, so were interested in utilising the services of CoTrain to assist in finding potential apprentices.”
A reluctance to take on apprentices because of the potential administration requirements, despite there being a desperate need for younger, qualified people to come into the sector, is a familiar scenario. To help overcome this, CITB advertises the role through a number of different sources and screens the applications, including carrying out a first interview. 
Following this, they put forward suitable candidates for second stage interviews, carried out jointly by ViTec and CoTrain. 
Two apprentices were appointed who are now working on projects on the south coast.  For Mr Witheford, using CoTrain was a simple choice. He explained: “CoTrain has an easy-to-enter arrangement and the low administration meant that Vitec could concentrate on the work element.”

Looking forward to growth for Vitec, Mr Witheford continued: “Having served an apprenticeship myself, I truly believe in the apprenticeship scheme. The long-term benefits for the company are invaluable. We have a much older workforce average age with retirements of quality tradesmen outweighing the new recruits.
Although it is early days in terms of the CoTrain apprentices working with Vitec, Mr Witheford finished by remarking: “So far, the CoTrain relationship has worked very well. We work in an industry which throws up many challenges daily. It has been great to have CoTrain to guide us on this new venture for Vitec.”
The apprentices working with Vitec have been working full time on-site until college commences in September, when they will be on day release to Basingstoke College.
David  Frise, chief executive of FIS, said: “ The fit-out sector has to continue to develop the skills base for the future. The Shared Apprenticeship model gives employers the flexibility to meet fluctuating workforce demand and gives employees the chance to acquire the experience they require. FIS is fully committed to the development of shared apprenticeships.” For more info contact: Contact:- 
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Tom Holdaway (photographed above) a CoTrain apprentice with Vitec, was asked how he feels about his apprenticeship and upcoming career in the interiors sector. He replied: “It’s very exciting and I love a challenge, so this job really suits me.  I look forward to the future as a qualified fixer with Vitec.”
Will Bryan (left) and Site Manager Matt Siddall
Dawnus site manager Matt Siddall comments
“Will is very enthusiastic, has picked up the job role very quickly and is already taking on tasks at a management level. He fits in with the team very well and will always ask if unsure about something. He has shown great potential from the beginning, is reliable, productive and we couldn’t have asked for a better apprentice.”
New starters…Welcome to CoTrain!
Congratulations go to the following young people and the contractors hosting their training:

Alex Harwood           Planner         Kier
James Porpora         Estimator      Kier
Alfie Rutherford         Site Tech      Willmott Dixon 
Frank Penfold           Bus.Admin    Roofline
Josh Burns               L4 Tech        Midas
Luke McGloon          Estimator      Wates
Oliver Rozario           Site tech       Willmott Partnership Homes
Saif Masud                Site Tech      Willmott Dixon Cobham
Toby Buxton              Site Tech      Galliford Try
Danica Chambers     Bus.Admin    Willmott Partnership Homes
Joshua Noel              GCO             Stevens Construction

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