To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March), we spoke to Kier Construction Eastern apprentice Jack Marriott about starting his apprenticeship with Kier at 16 years old and how he is balancing college and his apprenticeship, and the benefits he has experienced so far.
“I came about my apprenticeship through contacts at Kier, and the apprenticeship included skills that complimented my GCSE’s. I had previously completed a week’s work experience at the Waterbeach office in February 2018, and enjoyed the different tasks I participated in. I decided after this that I wanted to undertake the Construction Management Degree Programme once I finished school.
At the moment I attend Bedford College every Friday and have assignments set as part of my work. Sometimes I get time while on site to do some of the assignments I have discussed with the Project Manager. I find it really useful to do it on site as I can ask the people around me any questions, and can use the systems on site as examples in my coursework.
The biggest challenge when starting my apprenticeship was that I am currently 17 years old and unable to drive. However we were able to work around this problem as one of the site team offered to pick me up and drop me off every day.
In addition to the construction knowledge I have gained, the most valuable thing I have learnt is working as a team on site, and the importance of teamwork for making tasks easier for everyone.
I would highly recommend the apprenticeship to anyone considering it, as it is an excellent way to start any type of career in construction.”
For more information about Kier apprenticeships visit: https://www.kier.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships/