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Building links with employers helps apprenticeship success

A visit to a Wolverhampton Uni open day, for example, resulted in one student finding an apprenticeship with a national construction company

Posted by Julian Owen | January 24, 2018 | People, policy, politics, money

Jagroop Dhillow, 18, from Barr Beacon School, Birmingham, was interested in pursuing a career in quantity surveying, when he attended the open day at City Campus in Wolverhampton to seek advice on courses and career choices.

Using their contacts with employers, the Built Environment team contacted VINCI Construction UK and made arrangements for Jagroop to attend an interview. He was offered a full-time position as a trainee quantity surveyor and is now studying the Chartered Surveyor Higher Apprenticeship degree in quantity surveying.

Paul Hampton, Head of Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We continue to maintain our strong links with employers and the built environment sector and are delighted we could facilitate the outstanding opportunity for Jagroop.

“We’re seeing that more and more ‘A Level’ students consider the apprenticeship route, looking to earn whilst they learn.”

Case Study: Jagroop Dhillow - Degree Apprenticeship in Chartered Quantity Surveying

Michelle Curzon, Head of Academy at VINCI Construction UK, said: “The Academy is part of the learning and development department and we deal with the recruitment of trainees and apprentices and, from the construction side of the business, trainee quantity surveyors, trainee engineers and construction managers.

“Jagroop stood out as being someone who was really enthusiastic and was keen to join the industry. He applied for the trainee position through the normal channels and, after being short-listed, was successful in securing the apprenticeship with us.”

Anyone interested in studying for an Architecture or Built Environment course or apprenticeship should visit the next open day on Saturday 17th February 2018.



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