We are committed to recruiting and training apprentices to encourage and develop skills within our industry, we have successfully operated apprenticeship schemes throughout the UK for over 20 years. To this end, we take a prominent role alongside our associate trade bodies and federations to promote apprenticeships in schools and colleges and work with a number of key partners including our clients to support young people into the industry. We currently have over 150 apprentices training in a variety of construction trades as well as a number of office based business administration apprentices. This constitutes around 10% of our workforce and we operate an annual apprentice recruitment process which supports and sustains this business target.
All our apprentices are working towards industry training standards including SVQ/NVQ L2 & L3 qualification frameworks and apprentice development is enhanced through the provision of additional in company training and support. This includes the provision of core skills, working at height standards, mandatory H&S training and industry specific training and accreditation including CSCS.
Our Traineeships offer candidates the opportunity to combine an education and training programme with valuable work experience. In addition to our construction related traineeship programme we also provide opportunities for young people to join the business in a variety of other business areas including office based roles.
In each region we have a number of Trainee Quantity Surveyors. We are committed to their development and have designed a four year technical and professional pathway affiliated to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which support the progression of trainees within the business and leads them from student surveyor member through to full membership and MRICS status.
Our successful Work Placement Programme involves two weeks work experience with many candidates moving into full time paid work placements, apprenticeships or paid employment. Once a full time opportunity has been provided, candidates are automatically included in the organisation’s annual Training Plan process and receive additional training support and development relevant to their role.
Each and every trainee within Bell Group is assigned an experienced and knowledgeable Mentor to assist them with their training and also to provide an additional layer of pastoral support. Our Mentors remain with the trainee throughout the duration of their training programme to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to meet the industry standard they are working towards. Many of our appointed Mentors joined the company as trainees themselves and bring with them a wealth of both sector and business knowledge. Operating this scheme ensures that this knowledge passed down through the generations and is sustained within the business.