Celebrating homegrown talent: National Apprenticeship Week 2021

08 February, 2021

This week marks the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, which shines a spotlight on the positive impact apprenticeships provide and the potential they open up for students and businesses alike.

The theme of the celebrations this year is ‘Build the Future’, aiming to showcase how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career. As well as this, the national campaign puts a highlight on how important apprentices are to businesses, and how when trained and retained they provide a real positive impact on the business.

At Pick Everard, we have supported a large number of students through their apprenticeships, providing them with the tools they need to equip themselves for a successful career in their chosen discipline. We currently have a number of people undertaking apprenticeships within our architecture, building services, structural engineering and quantity surveying teams – and have many more staff who have stayed with us following the completion of their study programmes.

Apprenticeships also support our approach to diverse recruitment at Pick Everard. As a firm, we recognise how a diverse and inclusive workforce benefits everyone in the business. We work hard to make sure that our talent attraction strategy mirrors this to bring the best talent into the fold – and allows them to flourish in a motivational and supportive environment.

Throughout this week, we will be celebrating by shining a spotlight on some of the apprenticeship stories from across our multi-disciplinary services.

Managing partner Duncan Green said: “For many people, the blended approach to work and study an apprenticeship offers is the best route into a career, getting into practical work much sooner – and earning while they learn too.

“Apprentices are the future of our industry – and will be the ones to build our future too. Providing these schemes is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to support training people in an industry where there is a significant shortfall of available employees – especially important as we look forward to a construction driven recovery post-COVID.

“Apprentices will commonly be younger people, which brings a youth and vibrancy to the team, full of dynamism and fresh ideas. Constantly having staff going through educational courses also keeps our wider staff body exposed to the most up-to-date teachings. Whether it’s new techniques, technologies or ways of working, apprentices feedback their learnings into the team, keeping us all on top of the latest ways of working and allowing us to constantly re-assess how and why we do things to improve our services for clients.”

If you are interested in learning more about our career offerings at Pick Everard please click here, and join in the conversation on Twitter using #NAW2021 and #BuildTheFuture.

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