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SWH Invests in the Future

Seven young men have engineered a bright future for themselves thanks to an apprenticeship scheme provided by ‘South West Highways (SWH) Training’.

The apprentices have spent the past two years learning both the theoretical and practical aspects of highway maintenance work, from traffic management to road construction.

Having completed the Highway Maintenance course, the apprentices were awarded with their professional qualifications; their CSCS Operative cards, NVQ level 2 in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations) and Level 2 Diploma in Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations).

One of the apprentices, Sam Atwill, 22, who works for Glendinning, was recently awarded the Most Promising Apprentice in the South West by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).  The previous six years have seen SWH employees win the award, in large part due to the training programme available to them.

Sam said:  

“I left school at 16 and tried a number of jobs, but when I was offered an apprenticeship at SWH Training’s national apprenticeship scheme, I could see a career path opening up for me.

“The course is really thorough, so you leave feeling prepared to go out and put what you’ve learned into practice.  I’ve been given the opportunity to work on lots of projects and I really enjoy the fact that every day is different.”

Ben Pyle, Managing Director of South West Highways said: 

“The skills we are teaching these young men will stand them in good stead and play a vital role in building a bright future for the region.

“They all deserve recognition for their efforts and dedicated approach to their work.  We are very proud of their achievements and wish them all the best in their future careers.”

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