All about Apprenticeships

15 April 2024

The 17th Annual Apprenticeship week took place in February, with a theme of “skills for life”. This annual campaign encourages individuals, parents, communities and employers to consider the wide variety of skills that an apprenticeship can provide, as well as fantastic opportunities both to earn whilst they learn as well as meet a wide variety of people on a huge range of projects.

At Whitehead Building Services we work with several different apprenticeship providers, enabling us to source a talented workforce in our projects across South Wales and the South West.

JTL is one such provider, with whom we have a long standing relationship. JTL  currently trains around 8000 apprentices across England and Wales, upskilling the electrical engineering workforce around the UK. We work with JTL on trade apprenticeships (equivalent to NVQ Level 3) which enable future engineers to enter the workforce via an apprenticeship route instead of going to University – although the apprenticeships themselves open doors to further education in the future as well as “professional” apprenticeships such as the Project Management top-up offered by Whitehead to select engineers upon completion of their apprenticeship.

In addition, here at Whitehead we also work with the University of South Wales via Network75 , for a different route into the industry and a different type of apprenticeship.  Our degree level apprenticeships mean students enrol as a student but spend their time between a business (such as Whitehead) and University classes – meaning they exit with both up to a BEng degree and significant work experience across a whole host of different projects and sectors.

“Apprenticeships, in all their guises, have supported the growth of Whitehead Building Services for over 45 years” explained Rhys Morton, MD for Whitehead. “They really do provide the students with lifelong skills and the experience and confidence to excel in their professions”.

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