The group represented a wide spectrum of construction disciplines from joinery, bricklaying, plumbing and painting to quantity surveying. The event which was hosted by managing director, Jonathan Seddon, included guest speakers Martin Hall, vice chancellor of Salford University and Salford City College’s principal Martin Sim.
“These young apprentices and trainees have worked extremely hard progressing their careers and deserve a very big pat on the back for it,” says Jonathan Seddon. “Our breakfast celebration gave us an opportunity to thank, recognise and congratulate them on their success. It’s talented people like these who will help our company to build on its success.”
Apprenticeship training opportunities
The company’s successful apprentice training programme led to Seddon winning the UK Contractors Group Employer of the Year award earlier this year. Apprentices currently account for ten per cent of the Seddon workforce. Over 90 per cent of apprentices stay with the company with more than 95 per cent qualifying to NVQ Level 3.
Through its own Training Centre of Excellence and partnering colleges across the UK, Seddon offers apprenticeship training opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including bricklaying, joinery, plumbing, painting and decorating. Each apprentice is closely supervised by a dedicated in-house training advisor to ensure they receive the right experience and instruction on site and at college.
Seddon has recently started 48 new apprentices in its construction and property services businesses and since launching its training programme almost 75 years ago, the company has trained over 2,000 people.
While Seddon continues to buck the trend by investing in training, recent figures released by CITB-ConstructionSkills (the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry) show that the number of 16-19 year olds working in construction has halved since 2008.