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SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Posted by on November 09, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH employees become Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Two SWH employees, James Clark (Road Worker) and Darren Guppy (Apprentice Road Worker) have volunteered to become Apprenticeship Ambassadors for the Plymouth Apprenticeship Network.

 The Network is an association of Plymouth based employers and training providers and, together with the 1000 Club, was looking for apprentices and ex-apprentices who can spare a little time to share their experiences and offer advice.

Full training is given, which includes attending a one day training session and then a follow up workshop. It is important that employers are able to support the Ambassadors as they must undertake a minimum of one school visit...

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

SWH, leading provider of Highway Maintenance and Construction services throughout the South West, has been recognised by the CITB as one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country, for the second year running. 

SWH became a National Skills Academy for Construction in 2013, and now works in close collaboration with local schools and colleges, with a focus on promoting the industry to younger generations.

 SWH invests heavily in quality training, determined to ensure a highly qualified, professional workforce. Established in 2004, the Academy offers a wide range of specialist construction training and engineering apprenticeship courses, often...

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence

Paul Dainton who works for South West Highways in Newton Abbot is the second SWH Apprentice to have won this award. 

The 30-year-old was awarded the award at the City and Guilds of London Institute's annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony which was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the Institute.

 Paul said: "I'm really proud of what I have achieved with SWH over the duration of my apprenticeship. I've learnt so many skills through the excellent teaching structure and I've been able to gain valuable experience from all of my colleagues. 

This experience has taught me that you're never too old to...

Women in Construction Taster Day

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training, Company News

Women in Construction Taster Day
SWH is hosting a taster day for Women in Construction on Friday 24th April 2015.

The event will allow attendees the opportunity to gain an insight into the different trades available at SWH. The day will include a site induction, various site tours and a Q&A session.

If you would like more information please contact our Project Skills Coordinator, Anna Cooper on anna.cooper@swhltd.co.uk or call 01404 821500

 

SWH Supports Bicton College's Reach Programme

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction was pleased to offer a site visit to a group of students on the ‘Reach’ programme, a supported learning initiative at Bicton College.

The programme works with students with moderate learning difficulties between the ages of 18 – 24. One of the qualifications the students are working towards is focused around planning and participating in a work experience placement.

The government has pledged their support in ensuring more adults with learning difficulties find work. Similarly, SWH is also focused on ensuring young adults find employment and we have recently become the 50th member of the 5%...

Career Progression Story: Focus Lloyd Phelps, Estimator

Posted by on December 05, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training

Lloyd joined South West Highways in 2011 and started his career within the Commercial Department. Initially his daily role included assisting the Build Estimator and Business Development Coordinator with putting together subcontract enquiries, pre-qualification questionnaires, ensuring all trade associations were up to date and carrying out administrative duties for the team.

From day one Lloyd showed great potential and was keen to take the opportunity to develop himself. As time went on he began to show an interest in the estimating side of the business and as the Build division began to grow, he started to spend more time assisting with pricing...

SWH support Southbrook School in their bid to win go kart challenge

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training, In Our Community

SWH support Southbrook School in their bid to win go kart challenge

SWH were pleased to donate £250 to Southbrook School in Exeter in a bid to support their part in a local Go Kart Challenge.

Andrew Plumber, Business Manager at SWH, visited the school alongside Project Skills Coordinator, Anna Cooper to present the cheque and to be given a guided tour of the school’s facilities by Assistant Head, Alan Tilley.

Lee Hutchinson from SWH workshops also attended the visit to assist the pupils with the building and assembling of the kart.

Southbrook is a successful secondary special school for pupils, aged between 11 and 16, with varied complex needs and abilities including moderate or...

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction offers meaningful Work Experience Placements in Construction

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training

South West Highways Ltd has joined forces with a local organisation (Pluss) that supports people with disabilities to achieve work by delivering meaningful work experience placements

The Challenge:

As part of SWH’s National Skills Academy for Construction Programme we have committed to providing meaningful work placements to support candidates from disadvantaged groups who are struggling to find work in the construction industry.

Anna Cooper, the Project Skills Co-ordinator driving the National Skills Academy for Construction at SWH, has formed a strong partnership with a local organisation called Pluss. Pluss is a Social Enterprise that works with more than 5000 disabled people each year...

A Taste of Construction

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training

SWH (South West Highways Ltd) will be hosting two career taster days on 27 February and 4 March 2014. The taster days will offer under-represented groups, in particular organisations that support people with physical or mental health issues, a chance to gain an insight into a career within the construction industry.

The taster days will take place at the company’s head office at Rockbeare and will involve a site induction, followed by outdoor activities such as block paving and finally a Q&A session. Each participant will also receive an SWH/NSFCA (National Skills for Contraction Academy) goody bag.

The second taster day will...

SWH National Skills Academy for Construction welcomes its first female Apprentice in Highways Maintenance

Posted by on January 01, 2014 in Apprenticeships & Training, Highways

The Construction Industry is dominated by male workers and many large employers, but organisations such as CITB continue to try and attract more females into the industry. In recent years the construction sector with the support of CITB's National Skills Academy for Construction has invested considerable effort into promoting careers to under-represented groups, and recruitment of females into 'non-traditional' roles is an area of focus.

Apprenticeships and Vocational Training are currently the most gender segregated areas of the Welsh education system.

SWH was awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status in September 2013. We celebrated our 100th Appentice in October 2013 and...