Libby Whitaker-Keating

Today marks the start of national apprenticeship week across all sectors and industries. GMI offers a range of apprenticeships from degree accredited qualifications to Level 4 HNC

Providing opportunities to kickstart careers in construction for young people is vital to GMI as the business strives to encourage young people into becoming the future construction leaders of tomorrow. An apprenticeship is a fantastic paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England, who are early in their career and are looking to upskill in their current job or looking for a career change not in full-time education.

GMI has a high percentage of apprentices working across disciplines, from construction and design management apprenticeships through to marketing and business administration apprenticeships, the business offers a wide range of opportunities with various qualifications provided through earn and learn schemes.

As well as offering and promoting apprenticeships in levels 2 to 6 in such disciplines as quantity surveying, technical construction, procurement, corporate responsibility, design, HR and the built environment, earlier this year four GMI apprentices joined Leeds City Council’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme. The ambassadors consisting of Jack Sheard (Assistant Quantity Surveyor), Libby Whitaker Keating (Marketing & Communications Apprentice), Max Kelly (Assistant Quantity Surveyor) and Archie Bean (Technical Apprentice) will be visiting schools across the city, speaking to students at career fairs, assemblies, and attending classroom advice sessions.

As a gold status member of the 5% Club, GMI has been recognised as a leading apprenticeship provider alongside other major businesses operating throughout the UK and on the global stage.  The 5% Club is made up of more than 900 companies which represent 1.6m employees, 101,000 of whom are in ‘earn and learn’ schemes. The UK employer-led charity inspires and educates businesses and organisations to take positive action for increased, inclusive, and accessible workplace training for all.

Claire Preston, head of responsible business at GMI Construction Group, which has offices in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, and Teesside, said: “Many organisations aspire to have 5% of their workforce in ‘earn and learn’ schemes, so to have already exceeded that is testament to GMI’s commitment and determination to bridge the skills gap and encourage a more inclusive and diverse workforce.”

Investing in people and ensuring that our team are equipped with the training and development they require is paramount to the business and always top of the agenda.

This week across our social media platforms, GMI will showcase just some of our brilliant apprentices all making fantastic progress with their studies so please keep an eye out!