Marlborough is celebrating 21 successful years of employing and training apprentices. The training programme,
which started in 1995, now includes both Bricklayer and Joinery apprentices to meet the needs of Marlborough’s expanding workload in masonry and joinery combined packages.
The investment in training is now paying dividends in terms of quality, skills and maintaining top calibre craftsmen. Most of the operatives now working for Marlborough have been trained in house to the highest standards.
For Kevin Burke, Operations Director, the programme has been not just about the delivery of a quality product but also the opportunity to link with local schools and colleges in the
Community. “Marlborough is committed to investing in training and partnering with local organisations to benefit local communities and to maintain a highly skilled labour force to allow the Company to expand. Through the training scheme we train bricklayers, joiners, plant operators and Managers and this is allowing us to provide a full envelope package for our Clients.”
Some of our current apprentices are working on our Chocolate Works site in York for David Wilson homes.
We have 3 apprentices there, Ethan Burke (Year 1 Joiner) Joe Lynch (Year 2 Bricklayer) and Sean Durkin (Year 3 Bricklayer). Sean is celebrating 4 Distinctions and has been shortlisted for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in Yorkshire through Leeds College of Building.
Ethan is currently working on installing floors and roof trusses, whilst Joe and Sean are concentrating on the Masonry at the Chocolate Works Site. With 44 houses to deliver before the end of the year for David Wilson,they have plenty of work ahead give themselves the skills both they and the industry need.
One of the key features of training at Marlborough is the entrants work on the workface with skilled craftsmen from the outset and are required to produce work in their trade from an early stage. Michael Donnelly who started as an apprentice in 2012 said “I had heard a lot of stories about how apprentices had to do odd jobs for ages but it’s not like that here. From the first day I had a trowel in my hand and was put to work with a great gang. I’m now passing on these skills to the younger lads”