Last week Joseph Gallagher welcomed seven new apprentices into the business.
Sam, Sean, Connor, Aurel, Martinho, Adil and Henry are the first to join their new Level 2 Groundworker and Formworker Apprenticeship Schemes. They will be based at Grand Union, Kingston, Fulham and Woolwich Arsenal, with more new apprentices arriving over the coming weeks.
On Thursday, they completed their company induction at the Southwark Construction Skills Centre, who are delivering the Formworker Apprenticeship for Joseph Gallagher.
These are undoubtedly difficult times for apprentices, employers and training providers and at a time when most contractors have put their schemes on hold, Joseph Gallagher have received excellent feedback for being able to launch these schemes safely during the lockdown.
Sharon Thomson, Head of HR said “We’ve built a great partnership with the Southwark Construction Skills Centre over the past few weeks and are working together to progress the scheme safely under the restrictions of COVID-19. This has included developing a virtual selection process for the apprentices, conducting interviews using Microsoft Teams, completing tests online and running session with course tutors via Zoom.”
The Southwark Construction Skills Centre’s support has been vital not only for the Formworker apprentices, but the Groundworker apprentices too. They were due to commence their learning at the state-of-the-art West London Construction Academy situated on Berkeley’s 88-acre regeneration site in Southall, but due to current government guidelines this remains closed. Working with Southwark Construction Skill Centre, our Formworker apprentices have commenced their initial training and will continue with the West London Construction Academy when it re-opens.
Steve Harvey, Group Managing Director said “The value and relevance of apprenticeships in these unprecedented times is vital. We need to support them any way we can in acquiring skills that are important for personal and business growth; and economic stability for the future.”