The 2018 M&U Apprentices are here

After months of receiving and reviewing applications, selecting and interviewing candidates, the 2018 Mitchell & Urwin apprentices are here!

Twenty-eight new apprentices have been taken on this year, bringing the total number of apprentices hired since 2015 to 77, an exceptional total given the size of Mitchell & Urwin. Our Academy, which won the 2017 CITB Apprentice SME Employer Award for the whole of the UK, is setting the benchmark for the training of apprentices in the UK building industry.

The new apprentices attended their induction day on 27 July 2018 at the Mitchell & Urwin head office in York. During the day, they were face fit tested by Trudie Blade of PIB Risk Management, who also gave a health and safety presentation. The apprentices were then given a company induction, completed a Young Person’s Risk Assessment and were issued with their branded workwear, PPE and tool kits.

During the day, three of our qualifying apprentices – Kieran Butterworth, Paul Pollard and Curtis Dixon – were presented with their graduation awards in a small ceremony. They also gave a talk on a day in the life of an apprentice to give the new recruits a taste of what to expect. It was fantastic for the new apprentices to get real life insight from people who just a few years ago, were as new to it all. Now they are fully trained and ready to continue their careers. Congratulations to all three on their graduations.

But our training doesn’t stop with the apprentices. As part of our Academy programme, every apprentice is assigned a mentor who will guide them as they learn bricklaying skills. Sixteen mentors received their training on 3 August 2018 in readiness to receive their new apprentices. The CITB Inspiring and Coaching Your Apprentice course was delivered by John Pulford. The course included:

  • Recognising your role and responsibilities
  • Understanding inspiration and leadership
  • Identifying how / what motivates you and others
  • Be able to set up a learning agreement in your workplace
  • Be able to break down a learning task into component parts and communicate this to someone else
  • Be able to consider some of the challenges facing the apprentice and how you can assist with solutions/strategies etc
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the Work Based Recorder

This course really prepares the mentors to ensure they can guide the apprentices well.  Becoming a mentor is a great opportunity for our seasoned bricklayers who have years of experience, to share their tips, advice and knowledge. It gives them a new leadership challenge and the chance to stretch their own capabilities while bringing on those of their apprentices.

On 6 August 2018, our apprentices started their first day on building sites across Yorkshire. Any first day nerves were quickly laid to rest as they were shown the ropes and made to feel part of the team.

We wish all our new apprentices and mentors the best of luck as they begin their exciting journey together.

What is our Apprentice Academy programme?

The M&U Apprentice Academy offers up to a four-year apprentice framework to help you gain on-site bricklaying experience and NVQ evidence while you get your college diploma on a day or block release programme. You can join straight from school, midway through your college tuition or once you’ve completed your course. We can tailor your apprenticeship needs to our framework.

Throughout the apprenticeship you are paired with an apprenticeship partner – your first two-and-one gang – and a mentor who will work side by side with you as you master your trade, giving unparalleled levels of continuity and support.

Our Apprentice Academy has been designed by us with the help of the CITB and local colleges to ensure it is of the highest possible standard. Our apprentice mentors have also undergone Mentor Training by the National Construction College: Inspiring and Motivating your Apprentice. This CITB training course and in-house coaching ensures they have the skills to teach and encourage you as you learn the bricklaying trade.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will have achieved an NVQ Level 3 qualification in bricklaying and have significant workplace skills and experience. We offer a far longer than the industry-standard period of site experience to build your confidence and skills. Once you’re fully qualified, we strive to offer you a permanent role with Mitchell and Urwin or our clients.

If you show potential and have dreams of becoming a site or construction manager, we will help you get there.

To find out more, watch videos featuring our current apprentices or to apply for 2019, click here.