12 April 2017
Building Apprentices are making mark on skyline
South West construction apprentices are helping to change the face of the region and lead the way for generations of future workers to follow.
Alongside Midas Construction, part of the Bristol-based Midas Group, the young apprentices are shaping the skyline of Weston-super-Mare, working on the latest Weston College development at the town’s iconic Winter Gardens.
Midas and the apprentices are redeveloping and modernising the eye catching building, which will become home to the college’s new law and professional services academy.
This latest development continues a strong partnership between Weston College and Midas, working closely together on a number of projects including the Engineering Centre on the college’s South West Skills Campus, a scheme shortlisted for the Best Educational Building award at the Building Excellence Awards.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director of Midas Construction, said “At Midas, we are passionate about investing in our own staff as well as the next generation of construction workers, without whom the UK economy would grind to a halt.
“With a predicted boom in construction over the next five years, apprentices are a much needed part of the industry, bringing in keen new people when they are needed the most.
“We need apprentices to help the construction industry, and the UK as a whole, to thrive.”
Throughout the Midas build at the Winter Gardens, which also includes the refurbishment of the original 1920s pavilion for community use, the construction team will be supporting 11 work placements and 11 NVQ students with local subcontractors as well as organising a number of training schemes, school tours and group visits.
Tracie Leahy, Apprenticeship Sales & Recruitment Manager, at Weston College, said: “We are delighted to continue to build on our relationship with Midas who have worked alongside us to transform our campus for the benefit of our students and our town. It is so interesting for the apprentices to be able to follow a scheme like this as it takes shape and we are looking forward to helping them to learn and grow alongside it.”
Continuing that drive to support up and coming construction workers, Midas, the region’s largest privately owned construction and building firm, is also sponsoring the Outstanding Construction Apprentice of the Year category of the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards 2017.
Derek said “Construction industry apprenticeships are a rewarding choice that can offer a range of benefits, from a long-lasting and fulfilling career, to earning a competitive wage and leaving a lasting legacy on the country’s skyline. And by enrolling on a free apprenticeship scheme instead of going to University, apprentices avoid racking up thousands of pounds in debt.”