We're really excited to announce that we have nominated one of our team for the 'Rising Star' award as part of the 2021 National Apprenticeship Awards. The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers, apprentices and those who champion apprenticeships across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers. We have developed and formalised our apprenticeship programme over the last 12 months and our nominee has benefitted from this as well as putting in the hard work himself.
Our nominee, Luke Hawkins, is currently working at our Major Works site in Malvern, where we are refurbishing Malvern Foyer. Born in Gloucester, Luke, 22, went to school at Churchdown School, where he studied a broad range of GCSEs. Having completed these he followed his passion; football. Taking up a two year course at the local Hartpury College to study Sports Performance & Excellence (Football), he gained valuable insight into coaching and training techniques for grassroots players through to elite professional players. He also developed the tools needed to examine his own game and team play. Luke completed the course which blended theory and practice and continues to play football to a high standard, currently playing for Newent Town FC, trying to emulate his true team heroes at Manchester United!
With a close group of friends, many of whom had started working in the construction trade, Luke, by his own admission, was encouraged by his peers to quickly get into paid employment so he could enjoy luxuries like holidays abroad with friends whilst becoming more independent. Uncertain of his immediate options in the sporting world, he saw an apprenticeship as a potential path for him to follow. After discussing at length with family members, he was persuaded to join Snape Contracting to complete a multi-trade apprenticeship. During this time he worked across all trades and found that carpentry was what sparked his enthusiasm. We find that allowing individuals the opportunity to undertake multi-trade apprenticeships gives them a feel for all trades and is a great lead into a specialist trade apprenticeship. We support individuals in gaining hands-on experience on a variety of jobs across different sectors, including education works, social housing and commercial projects.
After completing a multi-trade apprenticeship, Luke entered a carpentry apprenticeship at Gloucester College. Coming to an end this September, his certain level 2 course pass will see him transition into full employment with Snape Contracting. Under his belt already, he has worked on exciting projects such as Pershore Civic Centre and Belmont School. This has been possible thanks to the 4 days work / 1 day study pattern of each week. During his days at college he typically spends a couple of hours working on theory and then the rest of the day on practical work. Whilst working with us for the remaining 4 days each week, he is supported with on-the-job training and mentoring from qualified and time served team members. He also has a dedicated manager to provide guidance and ensure complete integration with our friendly teams.
He says he has aspirations to work his way up in the company and to become a Contract Manager or similar and this is very much for the taking in the future. At Snape we encourage this progression and our ‘home grown’ approach to training and keeping people serves us and them well. We are sure Luke will quickly progress through the business and in doing so he will join many others who have used apprenticeships as a springboard to a career in construction and construction management.
For Luke, construction brings with it some challenges that, much like in football, can be overcome with teamwork. Although Luke didn’t follow a career in football, his ability to work hard in a team environment by day allows him the freedom to explore continuing his passion for football through part time coaching. He has already got his level 2 coaching qualification and is keen to explore this.
We wish Luke the very best of luck in the awards process!
If you are interested to learn more about apprenticeships and how they can give you the freedom and opportunity for development, then please get in touch and in the first instance contact Tony Cook.