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Tarmac launch 2020 apprenticeship drive

Tarmac apprentices

Company looking to hire 100+ new apprentices with launch of this year’s recruitment campaign

AS part of their national recruitment drive, Tarmac have launched a campaign to hire more than 100 apprentices across the UK.

This apprenticeship drive follows a recent visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge to Tarmac’s National Skills and Safety Park, where he officially opened the industry-leading training facility.

Located at an active quarry, The National Skills and Safety Park provides practical training for emerging industry talent – including apprentices.

The company will recruit apprentices across the UK and is offering placements in roles ranging from engineering through to operations and quantity surveying. With positions lasting between one and four years, each role will see students gain practical on-site training and the opportunity to develop their specialist knowledge while receiving a competitive salary.

Martin Riley, senior vice-president at Tarmac, began his career as an apprentice more than three decades ago and understands the importance of training programmes to the construction industry and the wider UK economy.

He commented: ‘The UK is at a critical point in the development of major infrastructure projects. With £100 billion set to be invested by this government on programmes including major rail and road schemes such as HS2, it’s important to have the right people with the right skill sets trained and ready to support their safe and successful delivery.

‘Apprenticeships provide talent with the training necessary to succeed in our industry. I joined the sector as an apprentice 30 years ago and have seen first-hand how these schemes build our future. By providing the industry with a plethora of talented, highly skilled people, apprentices have the opportunity to deliver the next generation of built environment projects.’

Courtney Lancaster, former apprentice and now systems co-ordinator at Tarmac, added: ‘The construction industry offers such a wide range of opportunities and roles, which makes it a great place to build a career.

‘Despite being new to the industry at the time, I was given the support I needed to learn all that I could during my apprenticeship – I feel proud to work at Tarmac.’

The apprenticeship programme is just one of Tarmac’s range of professional development and training initiatives aimed at creating a highly skilled workforce to support the UK’s infrastructure ambitions.

The pledge to recruit more than 100 apprentices and higher apprentices, coupled with Tarmac’s promise to have up to 5% of their workforce in formalized training schemes as a member of the 5% Club, forms part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support the learning and development of people interested in a career in the construction and materials sector.

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Submitted by Gavin Brain - R... (not verified) on

This is fantastic news for Tarmac. I cannot understand why other major employers in the industry are not engaging more with apprenticeships. Especially since they are already paying the apprenticeship levy.

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