M&U launches apprenticeship video with Taylor Wimpey! Now taking apprentice applications

Mitchell & Urwin, a Yorkshire-based stone and brickwork company, has released a new video timed to National Apprentice Week (5 – 9 March 2018) to encourage more young people into becoming bricklayers. The company is also taking applications for its award-winning Apprentice Academy programme, the deadline for which is 30 April 2018.

Over the last three years, Mitchell & Urwin has taken on 49 apprentices, roughly 25% of its workforce. An additional 10% of the site workforce serves as mentors to the young recruits. This programme of investment resulted in the company winning the national CITB Apprentice SME Employer Award 2017. It plans to continue this growth in 2018, starting with its new recruitment video.

The company hopes the video,  made in collaboration with Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s leading house builders, will help shift the stereotypical perception of bricklayers by including on the ground feedback from some of its current apprentices.

‘For young people who prefer to work outdoors rather than in an office, bricklaying can be an immensely rewarding career. Financially, it’s also more lucrative than many people expect. And with a nationwide building skills shortage, it’s far easier to be assured of a job,’ explains Richard Urwin, founder of Mitchell & Urwin.

Urwin, who started as a bricklayer aged 17, is proof of where a bricklaying apprenticeship can take you, as his company is now the largest brick and stonework provider in Yorkshire.

‘University fees and a shortage of jobs once they leave, are forcing many young people to looking at alternatives. Apprentice programmes like ours help school leavers learn a valuable trade and earn a living while they get their qualification. The huge sense of achievement they get after building someone’s home is an added bonus,’ says Urwin.

Could you become a Mitchell & Urwin Apprentice bricklayer?

  • you love to work outdoors
  • you like to see the results of your hard work at the end of each day
  • you want each day to be different
  • you like to feel pride in the work you do
  • you’re driven, committed and passionate
  • you’re a team player with good communication skills
  • you have achieved A to C grades in English and Maths
  • you want to have great earning potential
  • you potentially want a stepping stone into a bigger role in the building industry
  • working 39 hours a week
  • you live in Yorkshire (all of the Mitchell & Urwin build sites are in Yorkshire)

The M&U Apprentice programme includes:

  • up to a four-year apprentice framework
  • on-site bricklaying experience while attending college on a day or block release programme
  • apprentices can join straight from school, midway through college or once their course is completed
  • they are paired with an apprentice partner – their first two-and-one gang
  • they have a dedicated mentor who will work side by side with them for unparalleled levels of continuity and support
  • branded work clothing and tools of the trade
  • ongoing group training sessions covering issues like safety
  • weekly wages based on minimum wage for their age
  • the offer of a permanent role with Mitchell & Urwin or at a client
  • the opportunity to fulfil their ambition to become a site manager, quantity surveyor or architect for those who show the aptitude

Anyone interested in applying to the Academy should send their CV to apprenticeships@mitchellandurwin.com or visit www.mitchellandurwin.com/training for more information. To watch the video, go to https://youtu.be/kiL4tdjL5cY