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Lucky number seven for Anderson with newest cohort of apprentices

Seven new recruits have been welcomed to Anderson as part of the company’s apprenticeship scheme.

Anderson has taken on the groundworks apprentices, aged 16 to 21, to work on its sites across the East and South of England.

The group are the 17th intake for the prestigious scheme which incorporates practical and theory-based training.

Skills gap

Training Manager Steve Hammond oversees all new trainees at Anderson and sits on numerous national advisory boards for training provision. He said: “The UK construction industry is facing a well-reported skills shortage due to tradespeople retiring or leaving the sector without being replaced.

“It’s a serious problem, especially as the pressure is on to meet building requirements and end a national housing crisis. As a result, we are thrilled to be kicking off the apprenticeship scheme this year with these seven young men.

“This is an exciting moment in their lives. It is the start of a new career and the opportunity to lay the foundations of their future.

“Apprenticeships are a superb way to get hands-on experience from the get-go. The breadth of roles in our sector is extraordinary too. We need to recruit bricklayers, groundworkers and plumbers as well as site managers, quantity surveyors and architects. There really is something for everyone.”

“Our apprentices have are an essential part of our growth strategy,” he added. “We have high hopes for this cohort.”

Next generation of apprentices

Joining the team are Alexander Lowe, 21, from Woodbridge, Suffolk, Taylor Dowman, 17, from Tiptree, Greg Russell, 17, from Chelmsford, and John Dunnow, 18, from Southend-on-Sea.

They are joined by Kieran Bonass, 18, from Braintree, Thomas Mason-Fowler, 17, from Southend, and the youngest Riley Giles, 16, from East London.

Greg said the mentorship programme had been a key element of his decision to quit full-time education.

“I did work experience with Anderson at 15 and knew immediately that this was a career path I wanted to follow,” he said. “I think this is a company that will give me opportunities.”

Thomas said he was looking forward to earning while learning and to a long future working for the company.

“Anderson is a company that treats everyone the same no matter what position they are in or where they are on their career journey. I love that,” he added.