Mar18.Simon Reeve

NM Group will be investing £500,000 in training and development over the next 12 months – building on the success of our apprenticeship programme.

We have a long-standing heritage with British apprenticeships. We currently employs 100 apprentices working throughout the business – about seven per cent of our workforce – and we are recruiting new apprentices throughout 2018.

Bucking the national trend, we have continued to increase the number of employees on apprenticeship training programmes following the introduction of the Government’s apprenticeship levy initiative. Figures1 from the Department for Education show a year-on-year drop in apprenticeships registrations since the levy came into force in April last year. However, we have adapted quickly to the country’s evolving apprenticeship landscape.

We have a well-established academy scheme, which spans entry-level opportunities through to degree apprenticeships and a leadership programme.

John Homer, chief executive, said: “Our people are at the core of everything we do, which is why our ongoing commitment to training and development is so important.

“Investing in new talent and building skills within the existing workforce is crucial for our industry. To build the construction skills of the future, we need to develop quality trade and management skills, as well as upskilling teams for new innovation and technology developments.”

Delivering major built environment and critical national infrastructure projects across the UK, we operate across the construction, highways, power, telecommunication and water industries. Apprenticeship opportunities include: construction, trade specialisms, civil engineering, project management, quantity surveying, design and business support services.

Simon Reeve, aged 27, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, started his construction career as one of our apprentices.

He said: “I heard about the apprenticeship programme and type of projects I could be working on, it really sparked my interest. Being able to work on technically challenging projects and tangibly see your achievements is a real motivation. I'm determined to work my way to the top and that definitely feels achievable with the encouragement I receive from our team.” 

Simon is now a project manager for our NMCNomenca division, working on multimillion-pound water infrastructure projects. He is also due to graduate this year with a construction management degree from Nottingham Trent University.

For information about opportunities with the NM Group Academy, visit: /careers/our-academy

Date: 12 March 2018