Guy Tooth, a 23 year old apprentice from Walsall has secured a permanent job with Tarmac, the construction solutions company delivering the highways repair and maintenance contract for Walsall Council. Guy has been so successful, he’s now taken on the role of mentoring the newest apprentice to join Tarmac’s team in Walsall.
Guy joined the company in 2013 as an apprentice highways operative as part of a joint initiative with the Council to support young people in Walsall into work. After successfully completing his Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations qualification he has now started a full time role as a highways operative.
Commenting on his experiences as an apprentice, Guy said: “As well as developing practical skills, Tarmac’s apprenticeship helped me gain confidence in myself and my ability to succeed. I’m really positive about the future and looking forward to what comes next. Hopefully before long I’ll be able to supervise my own team!”
He added: “I got great encouragement from the team when I joined and learned a lot from them, so it’s nice to be able to support someone who is starting out like I was two years ago. I want to help show what can be achieved if you apply yourself and take the opportunities that are available.”
Mark Harriman, operations manager at Tarmac, commented: “From the beginning of his apprenticeship, Guy has shown a real determination to succeed, embracing all the challenges and opportunities which have come his way. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome him to the team on a permanent basis and look forward to supporting his continued career progression within Tarmac.”
Since joining Tarmac, Guy has gained a wealth of experience, from working with reactive maintenance teams, to delivering major scheduled works, footpaths improvements and road drainage projects. After supporting him to pass his driving test, Tarmac enrolled Guy on an HGV driving course, which he passed at the first attempt, leading to additional opportunities for him to work with Tarmac’s winter gritting team.
Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship with Tarmac should visit www.tarmacapprenticeships.com