CoTrain News October 2016

Business Admin apprenticeships as an introduction to Construction.

Danica - Document Controller with Willmott Partnership Homes at Royal Holloway University in Egham

Frank - Commercial Administrator with Roofline Portsmouth.

Amy – Admin Support for Community Engagement team at Willmott Dixon Construction, Cobham. 

 Danica - Document Controller with 

Willmott Partnership Homes at Royal HolLoway University in Egham

“I definitely want to stay in the Construction industry. This apprenticeship is helping me to learn more about the different roles in building, from office to the site itself. “

"I worked in retail before starting this apprenticeship and hadn’t really thought about working in construction until someone came to my 6th Form College to talk about the different jobs available. I didn’t realise there was so much to it. I thought it was all heavy lifting and working with tools.

 In my new job I look after ‘Buzzsaw’ which is the filing system we use to document the drawings and plans. I am looking after the Construction side of BREEAM, organising BREAM meetings and sometimes organise refreshments for everybody.

 I will compare delivery notes against orders and invoices, to make sure we are paying the correct amount and receive the correct goods. I am also getting some experience of working on the reception.

 Once I’ve passed my CSCS test I can get out on site which will help me to find out more about other job roles out on site. This will help me decide which route to take when I’ve finished this Level 2 apprenticeship. "

Katie Hayes, Community Liaison Officer comments In the short time that Danica has been with us she has shown a key interest and got involved with so many tasks and shows a willingness to constantly learn.  Danica is resilient and adaptable which are key values in this industry.  Danica is currently studying for her CSCS test which means she will be able to go out on site – this will undoubtedly expand her knowledge even further.  Danica has a prosperous career ahead of her and we are glad she is part of our growing team of shared apprentices."

Frank - Commercial Administrator with Roofline Portsmouth

“I am gaining that all important employment experience that you don’t get on a full time college course. I hadn’t really considered a career in construction because I thought it was all practical work out on site. This apprenticeship is helping me to develop as a professional, as I can see all aspects of the business and work with people of all sorts and at all levels."

“I was working in hospitality for a wedding venue before joining Roofline and decided to apply for an admin based role as I enjoyed the thought of learning about all aspects of the business.

The types of work I do at Roofline is varied. I deal with incoming enquiries and log them on a spreadsheet, produce purchase orders and reservation orders, get them signed off and sent out along with other basic admin tasks.

I’ve also started to get involved in social media and digital marketing for the business where I have been able to use what I had learned in college prior to joining Roofline.

Now I’ve completed my CSCS test I can begin to get more exposure to the site side of the things which is something I’m interested in doing as I will get a better understanding of what goes on and the chance to meet new people.

Once I’ve completed this level 2 apprenticeship I would love to go into full time employment with Roofline.

SteveMarsh, Commercial Manager commented, “Frank has been with us for just a month and already has proved himself to be an integral part of the team. We have nothing but praise for him and this is an opinion shared among the whole team.”

He continues “Frank is fitting in nicely with the commercial team and is already getting involved in sales and marketing, as well the admin side, which will prove an advantage to our business going forward. The next step for Frank is to attend client based meetings and to build a relationship with them.  He has a keen attitude to learning, is always asking questions. We have struck gold with Frank!” 


Amy – Admin Support for Community Engagement team

Willmott Dixon Construction, Cobham 

“I imagined working in construction to be all builders on site, but working at Willmott Dixon has changed my whole opinion of it, in a good way. I am learning new skills all of the time and no two days are the same. I’m looking forward to seeing where this will lead me in my career.”

"Before starting my apprenticeship I worked in part time in retail while at college 3 days a week studying for a personal training qualification.

This apprenticeship interested me as it is a new challenge, working with the community and in the construction industry.

Since joining Willmott Dixon, I have been involved in sustainability reviews, BOB Legacy, Culture inductions, team meetings, meeting with universities and colleges; and I’ve even had the chance to go to HMP Elmley which was a great experience.

During meetings I take minutes, which helps me to complete one of my NVQ units and recently, I covered on reception which is a good way to get to know people around the business. I have been doing some short departmental visits and this gave me the chance to see what admin assistance I can offer them.

I go out on site too so I can see how the buildings develop. I was able to join the Customer Care team on their Road Test at RMHC Lambeth site which I really enjoyed.

I’ve also presented at a careers event, speaking to other young people about apprenticeships and before starting mine, I’d never even thought of joining the construction industry as I didn’t know how many different roles and opportunities there were.”

Richard Pickett, Head of Social Impact, comments, “Amy has joined the Social Impact Team with great enthusiasm. An apprenticeship is one way to commence your career at Willmott Dixon. With so many different roles we have opportunities available which can embrace a number of varying skills and talents.

As Amy progresses through herapprenticeship, we are already starting to talk about her future career at Willmott Dixon. At monthly 1-2-1’s we sit down with Amy to review her progressand plan for the future.

Through her apprenticeship, Amy is able to experience a number of different departments within Willmott Dixon. This enables Amy to get an understanding of how we work, but also where she might want to work in the future. Amy is playing her part as an invaluable member of the team.”

 For more information contact Samantha or Julian on 01189 207201

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