A group of Year 10 pupils from Parrs Wood High School in Manchester has been given an insight into what it’s like to be an apprentice working in the construction industry.

The pupils, who are all enrolled onto the Construction and Built Environment course, visited 11 Portland Street (formerly known as Westminster House) in Manchester city centre, a 15,000 m2 commercial office refurbishment project currently being delivered by integrated property services and project delivery specialist, Styles&Wood.

The event was hosted by Daniel Lomas, a trainee project manager who has graduated from the Styles&Wood apprenticeship programme, and Joe Cross, apprentice project manager. They talked to the students about the different career paths available in construction, while giving them a first-hand account of what it’s like to be an apprentice. It is to be followed by a practical team building workshop at Parrs Wood High School, which will also give pupils a further opportunity to ask questions about apprenticeships.

Karen Morley, HR Director at Styles&Wood, said:

“Recent figures show the number of construction apprentices in the UK to have increased over the past year, which is a positive step forward, yet there are still many more needed to meet the demands of the sector.”

“Apprenticeships do a fantastic job of providing young people with both further qualifications and real life work experience, while giving them an opportunity to step onto the career ladder, and it’s vital that, as an industry, we continue to raise awareness of this. The more we can do to support our future workforce the better.”

Styles&Wood last year launched a joint apprenticeship programme with project management firm GVA Acuity. The scheme sees apprentices move between the two businesses, exposing them to the full lifecycle of refurbishment projects and allowing them to develop a range of management and technical skills.

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