Gareth Coddington (18) joined YORfuture Shared Apprenticeship Scheme as an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor in November 2013 after completing his A Levels and looking for an apprenticeship within the construction industry.
Gareth said he applied for the Technical Apprentice role with YORfuture Shared Apprenticeship Scheme because, ‘The shared scheme offered the chance to work with a range of different companies, which meant there would be the possibility to learn many different skills and gain experience from a wide selection of people.’
Gareth is now undertaking his L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction in The Built Environment with Sheffield College and working for a global company Rider Levitt Bucknall which have an office based in Sheffield.
Gareth is on track to achieve Distinctions in his Apprenticeship which will enable him to progress to part time university studies and continue with his Surveying qualifications, once securing full time employment with RLB.
“I think an apprenticeship offers a great advantage as you are gaining work experience whilst also going to college which means you gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries. You also gain recognised qualifications. This opportunity means a lot to me as it has offered me the chance to start a career in construction and gain knowledge required to go to university and pursue a degree in either building surveying or quantity surveying.”
Gareth commented on the Shared Scheme,
“I have had support from Futureworks and CITB as they have undertaken reviews of my college work and of me at my work placement. These reviews helped as they gave me the knowledge and ideas on how I can improve at work and also helped to improve my confidence.
“Overall I feel Futureworks have provided a great opportunity with this apprenticeship and it will be a great base for a future career.”