Tarmac trainees achieve skills development success

Tarmac is celebrating the achievements of its higher apprentices and graduates who have completed the aggregates and construction materials company's two-year core skills development programme.
Quarry Products / February 19, 2021
By Liam McLoughlin
Tarmac logistics graduate Deborah Brydie
Tarmac logistics graduate Deborah Brydie

The programme is designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career within the construction industry.

A total of 41 employees have made up the company’s 2018 intake, which is its largest to date. Aged from 19 to 28 years old, the employees are based at sites across the UK, from the north in Dunbar, Scotland to the south in Tilbury, Essex.

Twenty graduates are celebrating after passing seven modules, including in finance, project and change management, communication, and future development.

The cohort of 21 higher apprentices will be continuing through to the end of their courses which typically last three to four years. Higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain Level 4 qualifications or above, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree.

Those on graduate schemes will now transition into a range of roles across the company in areas including contracting, marine operations, quantity surveying, manufacturing, and logistics.   

Deborah Brydie, logistics graduate at Tarmac, said: “The core skills development programme has been extremely useful in building my network and developing the skills needed to carry out a successful career at Tarmac. To have the designated time away from our jobs to focus on training has been great. My manager has always been really supportive which has helped, and throughout the two years has encouraged me to get the most out of the programme by dedicating as much time to it as I can.”

Graeme Boylen, human resources director at Tarmac said: “The core skills development programme is a great foundation for building a career here with us at Tarmac, and it has been fantastic to celebrate the successes of our employees. Through our development programmes we hope to raise the industry’s profile and encourage more apprentices and graduates to take on a career within construction.

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