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Celebrations as seven apprentices make the grade

Seven apprentices on a prestigious scheme run by Anderson are celebrating after qualifying. 

The company took on the groundworks apprentices two years ago. Since then, they have undertaken practical and theory-based training, and worked on sites across the East and South of England. 

All seven are now continuing their careers within the company. 

Training Manager Steve Hammond, who oversees all new trainees at Anderson and sits on numerous national advisory boards for training provision, said: “Well done to each and every one of this group.

“Their hard work and dedication over the last two years has paid off and we’re delighted they have qualified.” 

Hands-on

He added: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn, and they have each had hands-on experience from the get-go.  

“As qualified apprentices, they will now get the opportunity to help to mentor the next wave of new apprentices. We’re delighted they are continuing their careers with Anderson, and we are excited to see them grow even further in confidence and experience.” 

The newly qualified apprentices are Aaron Nye, Cullum Branch, George Murtha, John Donnachie, Michael Sultana, Reece Tankard and Tyler Rolfe. 

George, 20, heard about Anderson from his neighbour, who worked for the company and suggested he find out more about the scheme. 

“The best thing about the role is all the different things you get to experience and try. It’s been interesting to be involved in the bigger jobs, such as the large concrete structures,” said George, from Wickham Bishops, who is now an assistant site engineer. 

“It is really enjoyable working with such a good management team, and they have been really supportive.” 

Learning on the job

Nineteen-year-old Reece, from Colchester, said he enjoyed all aspects of the scheme, including the on-site experience and the coursework. 

“Everyone has been really helpful, and the teams I’ve worked with on-site have been very welcoming and supportive,” said Reece, who is now a groundworker at the Chitts Hill site. 

“They have all been there for us if we needed help. I couldn’t pick one thing that I’ve enjoyed the most, the whole experience has been great.” 

Aaron, 19, from Barking, initially started on the site near to his home in Barking, but is now based at Haverhill.  

He said he had learned a lot in two years – being both on site and doing the coursework online and in college.  

“I prefer to learn more hands-on rather than being in college all week, so this was an easy option for me,” he said. “The apprenticeship has been a good experience and I’ve enjoyed it.”   

Tyler, 19, from Braintree, has been based at the Redrow site at Silver End, Braintree, throughout his apprenticeship.  

He said: “It has been a brilliant experience. An apprenticeship is perfect for when you come out of school. It really suited me having a mix of being on-site and in college.  

“The people on site have been brilliant. I have two site managers and they have given me every opportunity I needed. I’m now a groundworker with Anderson, and am getting more responsibility. It is more challenging and I’m really enjoying it.”