We've got our 10%

23 December 2015

Launched in January last year, Springfield Properties’ Springboard apprenticeship programme has helped us achieve our goal of employing 10% of the workforce as apprentices.

After being highly commended last year by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for work with our apprentices, we now have 44 apprentices working for the company compared to 30 this time last year.

 The scheme gives apprentices the opportunity to explore different disciplines within the construction industry and allow them to shadow qualified tradesmen giving them a broader insight of the business.

 Managing Director, Innes Smith, has said:

“We’ve always known the value of employing apprentices. Our Springboard scheme reinforces our commitment to young people and raises awareness of what they contribute.

“Employing apprentices is an investment in the future of our company. When learning in the Springfield context apprentices adopt our cultural attitudes. This is particularly important for us because we have a different approach from most of the industry.

“Growing our workforce from the ground up results in greater commitment from employees, lower staff turnover and greater employee satisfaction.” He continued:

“We endeavour to offer as much training and support to youngsters as possible at Springfield. Not just for apprentices on site but also supporting architects and surveyors through university to help them reach their qualifications. It’s good for their personal development and good for the company too.”

Now with 44 CITB registered employees within the company, we have reached our target.  HR and Legal Administrator Diane Kemp has said: 

“The company receives CVs from young people throughout the year looking for an apprenticeship. We have no shortage in applicants so the biggest challenge is trying to select the most motivated and enthusiastic individuals for the job.

“This year, we decided it would be beneficial for Construction Director, Brian Hadden to interview potential north apprentices. It meant the young guys are meeting the ‘man at the top’ and learning about the company’s expectations of their apprenticeships at the earliest stage in their career. Brian was a bricklayer to trade starting with Springfield in 1998, so he’s also an example of how you can progress within the company.

“This time last year we had 30 apprentices working with Springfield across Scotland, with 44 we have come a long way in 12 months.”

Having been offered an apprenticeship in HR shortly after joining Springfield as a receptionist, Diane, understands the importance of the scheme:

“Employing apprentices is an excellent way of introducing fresh talent into the construction industry. The importance of finding talented young individuals and developing their skills can’t be underestimated.

“In the office, many of our most experienced colleagues are passing on the skills and expertise they’ve gained over their careers to younger members of staff who are just starting off in theirs’.” 

Springfield has been able to offer a viable alternative to university for those looking for a more direct and affordable route to skilled jobs and careers. Diane continued:

“An apprenticeship combines on the job training with on the job learning. The learning takes place in context and provides a real understanding of the working world, combining practical skills with theoretical knowledge. They offer a career route into Springfield and an invaluable opportunity to grow the skills the company needs now and will in the future.”