I was invited by Steve Fox, Chief Executive of Bam Nuttall, to the Apprenticeships Ambassador Network dinner last night. He knows that at VGC we believe that companies have a responsibility to invest in the development of the workforce, and that apprenticeship schemes provide valuable training opportunities and career direction for new entrants into the construction industry.
The event was held in the Royal Air Force Club Piccadilly and was attend by 40 guests from industry.
The four main speakers were:
- Sue Husband, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service
- Paul Cadman, HR director of Walter Smith Fine Foods Ltd
- Chris Riley, an apprentice at Walter Smith Fine Foods Ltd, who at the age of 21 was promoted to assistant manager
- Terry Morgan, the chairman of Crossrail, who started as an apprentice engineer at the age of 16
All the presentations were very inspiring, and the key message was that by giving a person an opportunity you are enhancing that individual and your business.
VGC already has apprentices in our head office as well as in our Labour Solutions, Personnel, Rail Projects and Construction businesses. We hope the Apprenticeships Ambassador Network will help us to continue to find opportunities for apprentices in the civil engineering, mainline rail, London Underground, airports and nuclear industries. We look forward to attending a meeting with the key main contractors and our competitors to agree a framework that will allow us all to work together to ensure continuity of employment for apprentices.