We’ve received a highly commended award from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) at its 2015 annual ceremony in London for our work with young people in Hull.
The recognition from (CITB) The Construction Industry Training Board is seen as a vindication of our policy of investing in local talent, which has led to the recruitment of 107 full-time apprentices since our inception in 2007. This bucks a national trend which has seen construction industry apprenticeships decline by 42% since 2006.
Kevin Redmore, Business Leader for KWL, explains:
“KWL is one of the few remaining construction providers in the city that still invests in the training of apprentices. This is contrary to apprenticeship schemes nationwide which have continued to fall throughout the years of austerity in the industry and the recent recovery.”
Of all apprentices trained at KWL, 85% have been retained within the business, with another 10% taking up alternative employment opportunities at other companies, such as MKM and Bonus Electrical. In addition, 7% of trainees have progressed from full-time tradespersons into supervisory positions across the business.
“We believe it’s vitally important to invest in Hull’s young future workforce to help them achieve their aspirations. Many of our apprentices go on to enjoy long term positions and progress into managerial roles with us.”