In the space of just six months, we have enjoyed several successes with our apprenticeship schemes. Back in October, we were awarded Medium Employer of the Year at the Midlands Regional Apprenticeship Awards 2017, and then in January, we were recognised in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List 2017 at the National Apprenticeship Awards. The recent National Apprenticeship Week 2018 has continued to highlight what an important role apprentices play in our company, as our CAD Design Engineer and ex-apprentice, Tom Glover, did us proud at the Built Environment Youth Summit in London, where he discussed how his apprenticeship with TDS helped move his career forward.
Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we were also pleased to host Buildoffsite’s monthly meeting for ‘Developing Skills for Offsite Construction’ alongside our sister company, the Construction and Design Centre of Excellence (Cadcoe). The purpose of this meeting is to offer an opportunity for businesses to discuss the importance of training in concerns to modern construction methods. During this meeting, we were pleased to have the chance to showcase our CAD and BIM training course, which we have already used this year on 6 of our new apprentices. This training course has been made possible thanks to Cadcoe and Dudley College of Technology. Our talk at this event also involved a tour of the college’s Advance II facility, which are absolutely brilliant.
With the current rate at which technology is advancing, it is evident that the construction industry requires new approaches to ensure that workers receive adequate training. The panel of speakers included members from other companies who are embracing modern construction methods, such as Elements Europe, the CITB, Encon, Action Sustainability and the Offsite Management School, as well as Professor Nick Whitehouse. These speakers all presented research they had conducted on the needs for new skills within the industry and offered any thoughts they had on the matter.
According to our MD, Daniel Leech, “The demand for our design services for offsite projects at TDS has boomed and there is a very obvious need to recruit more highly digitally skilled staff to meet this. We have already tripled the numbers of apprentices we are recruiting to the company, welcoming 6 in the last 6 months alone. As a country we need to invest in our young people, they are already naturally equipped with the digital skills the construction industry is crying out for, which is complimented perfectly through relevant training schemes such as those available through Cadcoe.”
Half of our staff started their careers with us as apprentices, and it is these apprenticeship schemes which allow us to ensure that our teams are fully adept and highly skilled in the software they use. The successful future of a service driven by technology lies in supporting and training our apprentices.