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Apprenticeship benefits add up for Kier

5 out of 6 directors at Kier Living Central started their careers as apprentices, so they understand the benefits not only for young apprentices, but also the benefits employers receive.

Walsall College are the largest provider of 16-18 apprenticeships in the West Midlands and a key partner in the company’s apprenticeship delivery with student Dharamveer Dhaliwall currently working there until November 2018.

Abdul Mozzamdar, Early Careers Manager at Kier Living Central said ‘At Kier we have a long and proud history of supporting and progressing apprentices within our business as we recognise that the apprenticeship route is an ideal model for our industry.

Individuals get a mixture of on and off the job training, incorporating real life practical assessment, alongside classroom based theory and practical lessons, which in our opinion is a robust approach to training. This also gives us a steady pipeline of talent with some going into management positions.

At Kier we have noticed the following benefits from our apprenticeship initiative:

  • Increased productivity on site
  • A bigger focus on Health and Safety
  • Reduced recruitment costs and fees as the recruitment of apprentices is free

Having apprentices improves retention as those who do get full time employment with Kier at the end of their apprenticeship tend to stay a lot longer to continue with higher education which is funded by us. They have a sense of loyalty to Kier as they recognise the opportunity and support they receive from us.

We’re proud to have won a number of awards for the work we do with our apprentices and rank highly for ‘Best Business to Work For’ due to our apprenticeship programme. We work in many socially disadvantaged areas and a large portion of our apprentices come from troubled backgrounds so to see these young men and women succeed when everyone has given up on them is very humbling and gratifying.’

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