Rugby teenager goes back to School to lead construction careers drive



A teenager building a future in construction after choosing an apprenticeship over A levels has returned to his old school in Rugby to promote the benefits of a career in the industry.

Former Lawrence Sheriff School student Daniel Young, 16, joined Stepnell this August when he was offered a higher apprenticeship in the design office after completing a week’s work experience with us.

Daniel, who lives in Lawford Heath, Rugby, is now employed by Stepnell as a trainee computer-aided design technician gaining essential vocational experience while also studying for his professional qualifications.

“Daniel is academically very able and the sort of student who might not usually pursue the apprenticeship route,” says best practice manager Karen Ryan. “His potential was obvious and we’ve been able to offer him a position combining the industry experience which will give him a head start in his career with the opportunity to gain academic qualifications up to degree level and beyond. Finding and helping youngsters like Daniel is exactly why the company invests in work experience. We’re delighted that he’s been able to go back to his old school to share his experience and encourage other students to consider construction careers by talking about his own career path.” 

Daniel joined Karen and Gill Roberts, careers adviser with the national Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), at the Lawrence Sheriff School careers fair, where he highlighted the advantages which apprenticeships can offer.  The event was organised by the school’s head of careers, Laura Kisby, who comments: “We are always appreciative of the support we receive from Stepnell: work experience placements, help with practice interviews and now involvement in our Careers Fair.  It was good to have Daniel back with us in his exciting new role.”

Daniel says: “Apprenticeships give the opportunity to earn a wage, gain experience both from college and the working environment, and achieve professional qualifications. For me, the chance to earn professional experience with a national company, structured training and support with my studies plus a wage on top was too good an opportunity to pass up.” 

Daniel is studying on day release for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations at South and City College Birmingham. For the remainder of the week, he develops his skills as a member of the design team at our Rugby in Lawford Road.

“In the future I want to broaden my skillset as a technician and complete my BTEC followed by an HNC qualification and, hopefully, a degree,” says Daniel. “The construction industry has a huge amount to offer people with a wide range of jobs and possible career paths and now is a good time to join because the sector is growing.” Over 220,000 new construction jobs are set to be created in the UK over the next five years.

As part of our commitment to the future of the industry, Stepnell has pledged that our workforce will be made up of ten per cent of apprentices, graduates and trainees. The company is always looking for talented people, aged 16 and over, interested in taking up an apprenticeship through one of its accredited training programmes – contact to find out more.

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