Nottinghamshire construction and development company, Woodhead Group, has scooped Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its commitment to supporting young talent.
The family-owned company that operates across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, earned the title after demonstrating consistent dedication to developing its workforce through apprenticeships.
That strong commitment to developing its apprentices is firmly at the heart of the company for its founder, Bob Woodhead, began his own career back in 1935 as a joinery apprentice. He later established the now multi award-winning construction company and 70 years later the firm continues to place great importance in its apprentice programme.
“Our people are our biggest asset and we are committed to developing our people across the group,” said Matt Bust, business support manager. “The company has a long history in providing opportunities to apprentices.
“Our newest apprentices are spending time working in different departments of the business from quantity surveying to finance and project management, whilst also attending Chesterfield College. They will get to experience all areas of the business so they see how all the departments work together. It also gives them the chance to find out which areas of the business they prefer and discover where their strengths lie so that we can develop their skills in their preferred route.”
James Bracegirdle joined the company as an apprentice during the summer and is currently working with project management team. “I had spent a year in sixth form but I wasn’t enjoying it and felt it was time to go out into the world of work. I’ve only been an apprentice a short time but I am already enjoying learning lots of new things. It’s very varied and at the moment I’m working in project management where I get to spend some time out on site and some in the office.”
Fellow apprentice, Harvey Gregory, added: “Being an apprentice means you get to learn lots of skills and experience working in different areas of the business. If you don’t know what you want to do, this gives you lots of options and helps you make the right decision for the future.”