National construction and engineering organisation North Midland Construction PLC (NM Group) is set to invest £500,000 in training and development over the next 12 months – developing on the success of its apprenticeship programme.
The company has a long-standing tradition when it comes to apprenticeships. NM Group currently employ 100 apprentices working throughout the business – which is roughly 7% of its workforce – and is recruiting new apprentices throughout the duration 2018.
Defying the national trend, NM Group has continued to expand the number of employees on apprenticeship training programmes following the introduction of the Government’s apprenticesh
ip levy scheme. Individuals from the Department for Education show a year-on-year reduction in the amount of people applying for apprenticeships since the levy came into force in April 2017. However, NM Group, which has 12 UK offices, has adapted quickly to the country’s progressing apprenticeship landscape.
NM Group has a well-recognised academy method, which spans entry-level opportunities through to degree apprenticeships and a leadership programme.
John Homer, chief executive of NM Group, stated: “Our people are at the core of everything we do, which is why our on-going commitment to training and development is so important.
“Investing in new talent and building skills within the existing workforce is crucial for our industry. To build the construction skills of the future, we need to develop quality trade and management skills, as well as upskilling teams for new innovation and technology developments.”
Producing major built environment and critical national infrastructure projects all over the UK, NM Group operates across the construction, highways, power, telecommunication and water industries. Apprenticeship opportunities include: construction, trade specialists, civil engineering, project management, quantity surveying, design and many more.
Simon Reeve, aged 27, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, started his construction career as an apprentice with NM Group.
Simon said: “I heard about the apprenticeship programme and type of projects I could be working on, it really sparked my interest. Being able to work on technically challenging projects and tangibly see your achievements is a real motivation. I’m determined to work my way to the top and that definitely feels achievable with the encouragement I receive from the NM Group team.”
Simon is currently a Project Manager for NM Group’s NMCNomenca division, working on multimillion-pound water infrastructure developments. He is also due to graduate this year with a construction management degree from Nottingham Trent University.