Two Tarmac trainees have been recognised for their expertise by industry experts at the prestigious Civil Engineering Contractors Association Wales Annual Dinner.
Elliot Morris, Apprentice Supervisor, was runner up in the Most Promising Apprentice category, while Rhys Roberts, Trainee Supervisor, was highly commended in the Most Promising Trainee Civil Engineer (Non-Graduate) award.
“I had planned on going to university, but I became a Tarmac apprentice because getting the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the business and progress through the company while still earning was so appealing,” said Elliot, who is completing a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and Built Environment at Coleg Gwent in Pontypool while working at a Tarmac office near Cardiff.
Rhys, who has now completed his apprenticeship and is working towards a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering at Coleg Gwent, added: “Being an apprentice and trainee at Tarmac has been great. The business has also approved me to study Road Surfacing at the University of Derby, which will be of huge benefit.”
Tarmac’s apprenticeship scheme will see the firm creating up to 50 new apprenticeships in 2016, including nine higher apprentices. In 2015, Tarmac hired 30 new graduates and 63 apprentices across UK, in a broad range of roles including technical placements, sites operatives, electrical and mechanical roles, business administration and commercial opportunities.
The apprenticeship scheme is part of the company’s broader careers campaign, called Make Your Mark, which focuses on how individuals can contribute to delivering construction projects that are critical to the UK’s future success.
Image: Left to right - CECA Chairman Peter Crabtree presenting the award to Elliot Morris