We recognise the importance of joining the apprenticeship scheme run by Richmond Upon Thames College in Twickenham and have hired local student Savvas Davey aged 19 who is studying NVQ Level 2 in Wood Construction.
Savvas joins the business as a trainee apprentice in carpentry and will work alongside Mark Cox, Director of MCD who will teach him the practical skills in carpentry. Mark was at a similar age when he first started out his career within the construction industry and has grown his business from a sole trader to a successful limited company.
Mark said: “It’s great to be part of the apprenticeship scheme, especially when the construction industry is facing a serious lack of skills within carpentry and brick-laying, by helping Savvas gain his qualification not only will it be good for Savvas to secure employment in the future but it also helps businesses like ours to grow” Cox continues: “Taking on an apprentice is a relatively simple process and I urge other businesses to consider it – it’s tough out there for young people with 630,000 young people aged between 16-24 unemployed*. If other companies follow suit then then I’m confident as a nation we can bridge that gap and provide young people with a brighter and better future’
Sharon White, Head of Employer Engagement at Richmond upon Thames College, also commented: ‘’It is an incredibly valuable opportunity for Savvas to join a local design and build company that recognises both the challenges and opportunities presented by the construction industry. The practical lessons learnt at Mark Cox will complement Savvas’ studies at RuTC and the apprenticeship will no doubt enable Savvas to leverage a successful career in construction.”
*House of Commons – Youth Unemployment Statistics.