Becoming an apprentice at Longley Concrete

In recent years at Longley Concrete, the business has invested in the recruitment and training of apprentices, which has been successful for both the growth of the company and for the educational and personal development of apprentices.

The company’s newest apprentice, James Hey, works in the estimating department and is studying for an HNC and a HND at Leeds College of Building. He has been with the business for a year and we asked him how he has found the experience.

What made you consider an apprenticeship rather than a degree and construction qualification route?

I considered an apprenticeship because I liked the fact you can ‘earn while you learn’. I didn’t really fancy going into more education without getting key experience in the construction industry. This way I can do both while still progressing.

How does your apprenticeship work, so how many days are you in college and the office?

I go to college on day release, so I go one day a week which this year it is every Tuesday. This leaves me coming into work 4 days a week, Monday then Wednesday – Friday.

What qualification will you receive at the end of your apprenticeship?

At the end of my apprenticeship I will be coming away with an HNC + HND as well as a Level 5 NVQ which I have been undertaking outside college and in work with a tutor.

What would you say to others considering an apprenticeship in construction?

I would definitely say that it would be a decision they would not regret. You get to progress with your education, get industry experience, meet new people and make friends and all of that while still earning a good income for your age.

How have you found the experience of working in an office?

I enjoy working in the office, it is good to learn how stuff works and how people take care with problems and new ideas. Although the surroundings stay the same there isn’t a day which is the same as there are new jobs and situations each day at Longleys.

What are the key skills you have been learning through your practical work at Longley Concrete?

I’ve learnt many  different skills that I have learnt here at Longley Concrete, and particularly improved my organisational and communication skills.

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship with Longley Concrete, contact [email protected].