Civil engineering company sees increase in local apprenticeships – FE News


Leeds-based civil engineering firm Connaught is celebrating after its recent expansion brought in five new apprentices, and more positions will be available in the near future (@WeAre_LCB).

Founded in 2009, the Garforth company specializes in earthworks for the residential market. Due to the links established with local education providers such as Leeds College of Building, Connaught’s new strategic plan offers local employment opportunities and ensures a strong talent pool for future business needs.

Apprentices, all aged 16 and over, study in college programs and gain hands-on experience in Connaught, gaining skills in site operations, masonry and surveying at sites operated for a number of major developers. Yorkshire residential homes.

Mick Rowland, Director of Business Improvement for Connaught, said:

“We are delighted to be able to provide training and employment opportunities for young people in our region. Identifying skills gaps and proactively seeking to remedy them is part of our managerial strategy to enable our continued growth. We are very much looking forward to developing our relationship with Leeds College of Building and other institutes of higher education.

In addition to this, Connaught is in talks with Leeds College of Building to offer internships in 2022 that allow students on-site for a week-long taste of civil engineering and present the varied roles available in this rewarding career.

Derek Whitehead, Director and CEO of Leeds College of Building, said:
“Leeds College of Building is proud to partner with Connaught to help them meet the skills and training needs of their business and those of their apprentices. We share their vision, and it is encouraging to see our students sharing their innovative and pioneering ways. We welcome Connaught’s commitment to providing future work experience and site visits which are invaluable to our students wishing to join the construction industry.

Riley Fisher, Apprentice Civil Engineer, commented:
“I really enjoy my apprenticeship in civil engineering at Leeds College of Building. I like being able to go to university and learn on the job by gaining experience there. The guys take good care of us.

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