Tarmac, the company delivering highways services on behalf of Norfolk County Council, is recruiting six apprentices in the county as part of a nationwide programme set to create 100 new apprenticeships in 2018.
There are five highways operatives vacancies available and one commercial higher apprenticeship opportunity. A comprehensive, 24-month programme will provide the successful candidates with a combination of vocational education and practical on-site training across Norfolk from experienced technical experts.
Daniel Andrews, 23 from Norwich, began his career with Tarmac as a business administration apprentice and was named Business Services Apprentice of the Year in 2016 by City College Norwich. Commenting on his time as an apprentice Daniel, who has now progressed to a full time business analyst role, said: “I hadn’t considered a career within the construction industry before seeing the opportunity with Tarmac. It appealed to me because it offered the support and training as well as practical experience and mentoring. I’m really enjoying my role after gaining a lot of knowledge and confidence during the training period and would certainly recommend this route into employment to other people.”
Peter Hyde, director of Tarmac’s Highways Services business, said: “We are passionate about giving young people the opportunity to train, build careers, and develop within Tarmac. Our apprentices have personalised training and clear development that’s tailored to their strengths and ambitions and we are really pleased to be continuing to invest in both the future of our business and the local community in Norfolk by offering these latest apprenticeship opportunities.”
Since Tarmac began delivering highways services for Norfolk County Council in 2014 fourteen young people have progressed through its local apprenticeship scheme as part of the company’s commitment to supporting and training talented young people across the county. Tarmac is also an active supporter of the Norwich 4 Jobs initiative and provides work placements, CV workshops and other support to help young people across the county with their employment journeys.
Cllr Keith Kiddie, chair of Norfolk County Council’s business and property committee, said: “It’s fantastic to see one of our key contractors creating these apprenticeship opportunities for Norfolk’s young people. Apprenticeships are a great way to obtain recognised industry qualifications whilst working and are critical to developing our workforce in the county for the future.”
Tarmac is responsible for Norfolk County Council’s ongoing highways maintenance programme and delivers services including surfacing works, bridge and structures maintenance, gully cleansing and grass cutting.