Lafarge Tarmac drives success with new apprentices

Date : 2014-12-03

Monday 1st December 2014

Lafarge Tarmac, the company delivering highways services on behalf of Norfolk County Council, has welcomed eight new apprentices to its contracting team in the county as part of a nationwide commitment to skills.

The new recruits from across the county are at the start of a two year period with the company which will see them undertake vocational training as well as receive expert technical on-site training in their chosen discipline.

Commenting on the new arrivals, Paul Fleetham, managing director for Lafarge Tarmac’s Contracting business, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices to Lafarge Tarmac as part of our commitment to inspire young people into construction and help to create a lasting skills legacy for Norfolk.

“I believe that our commitment to skills, innovation and R&D means we’re well placed to offer expert support and guidance to nurture skills and kick-start successful careers in construction and we look forward to seeing our new recruits develop and succeed within the highways and construction industry.”

The latest additions to the team are part of a wider intake within Lafarge Tarmac’s Contracting business which has welcomed 27 apprentices across the UK in 2015, with a view to create an additional 40 opportunities in 2015. On a wider scale Lafarge Tarmac has a commitment in place to recruit up to 60 new apprentices, and 30 graduates every year.

Daniel Andrews, 20 from Norwich, has recently joined the Contracting business as a business administration apprentice. Daniel said: “I hadn’t considered a career within the construction industry before seeing the opportunity with Lafarge Tarmac. It appealed to me because it offered the support and training as well as practical experience and mentoring. I have already gained a great deal of knowledge and confidence and would certainly recommend this route into employment and training to others.”

Lafarge Tarmac is working in partnership with Training and Apprenticeships in Construction (TrAC) and Norfolk County Council which has also just welcomed new apprentices to its Highways and Transport in-house operational teams.

Cllr Bev Spratt, the County Council’s Chairman of Economic Development, said he was delighted Lafarge Tarmac shared the council’s commitment to apprenticeships. “I hope this is just the start, and we will see more of Norfolk’s young people taking up these opportunities.”

Norfolk County Council and Lafarge Tarmac are working together to deliver an, efficient highways service that provides value for money for taxpayers and high-quality roads for roads users. The contract, worth up to £480m over 12 years, is for maintenance and construction work on Norfolk’s 6,000 miles of county roads and will save the county’s taxpayers up to £4.4 million a year.