In September, the first group of apprentices in FK Group’s Apprentice Academy completed their NVQ’s to become the first FK graduates.
Five of the six members of the 2015 intake are now positioned within the business in their permanent roles as they continue to progress their careers in the building envelope sector.
The FK Group Apprentice Academy, which was developed in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was recently nominated in the category of Apprenticeship of the Year in the Construction News Investing in Talent Awards.
The recruits spent two years learning different parts of the FK business including estimating, design, site operations and quantity surveying alongside studying for their Level 3 NVQ one day a week. For some time now the FK graduates have been working in their permanent trainee positions in FK’s procurement, estimating, design, quantity surveying and operations departments.
FK Group’s HR manager Laura Keenan said: “We’re really pleased that our first intake of apprentices are now fully embedded into the business and progressing their careers in construction. The opportunities for young people in construction are so varied and our scheme has enabled all of our apprentices to take on permanent roles across the entire spectrum of our operation.
“We launched the Apprentice Academy in 2015 and have been encouraged both by the quality of the apprentices we’ve been able to bring on board as well as the impact that mentoring young people at the start of their careers has had on the rest of the business.”
2016’s intake have now moved onto their second year of the scheme and the apprentices have now been placed in their roles within the business as they continue to study for their Level 3 NVQ.