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Hanson calling on school-leavers to take the LEAD

Emily Burridge

Company encouraging sixth-formers to apply for this year’s higher apprenticeship programme

HANSON UK are urging sixth-formers across the country who are reluctant to rack up more than £50,000 worth of university debt to consider the company’s higher apprenticeship programme.

More than 50 school-leavers have been through the company’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) programme since 2011.

The three-year scheme offers a competitive salary as well as a fully funded degree programme and combines practical hands-on experience with a distance-learning Foundation Degree in Minerals Extractive Technology from the University of Derby.

Would-be apprentices need a minimum of: two A-levels (grade C or above) or equivalent; five GCSEs, including maths, science and English; plus a full driving licence. 

Hanson’s talent and development manager, Karen Wright, said: ‘Our LEAD apprentice programme is a great way of fast-tracking a career in the construction sector without accumulating the debt associated with traditional university courses.

‘Many of our apprentices are now in supervisory and management roles across our business.’

Emily Burridge (pictured), who was part of the 2016 LEAD intake, will soon be taking up a new role as concrete technical supervisor for Hanson.

Reflecting on her career to date, she said: ‘After A-levels you have a lot of options. For me, the LEAD programme offered a way of learning which combined a decent salary with a company actively supporting you through your degree and into a management role.’

The closing date for 2018 applications is 13 March. For more details on the application process visit and click on careers.

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