What will the apprentice be doing?
Our Contracts Teams have been created to ensure that each aspect of a contract is covered. Therefore we secure, design, process and deliver each contract. As an apprentice, you will move between each department to get full exposure and training in a contract lifecycle. This will usually consist of 4 blocks of 4 months, and one of 8 months. Although subject to change as required, the training programme will be as follows:
Block 1: 4 months: Estimating / Sales
Block 2: 4 months: Commercial
Block 3: 4 months: Design / Drawing
Block 4: 4 months: Contract Construction
Block 5: 8 months: Specialism of choice
By the end of each block, specific skills should be learned by, which will give you the best foundation to move on to your next block of learning.
Examples of the basic skills are listed below:
Estimating / Sales:
- Booking in of new estimates
- How to estimate for a client, including concrete and floor and roof decking
- How to use our software
- Chasing estimates
- Sales and client relations
- Sales and pre contract meetings
- New Contracts - Booking in a new contract (Including raising the purchase order, creating the outline programme, issuing the order acknowledgement / letter of Indemnity and production of the contract team pack for handover)
- Processing weekly worksheets, managing stie record sheets and contract valuations
- Logging and managing handover sheets
- How to log, process and review sub-contractor invoices
- Understanding payment notices
Design / Drawing:
- Full drawing and design training
- How to check a drawing on a contract
- How to approve, update and spot drawing issues
- Technical queries
- Contract launches
- Pre start meetings
- Site safety and RAM training
- How to manage a programme
- Allocation requests and how to use the software.
- Labour allocation and management
- Productivity drawings
- Managing the launch of a new site
- Quality inspections on site
- Health & safety inspections on site
- Site Training at our Midlands Office
- Site visits
The final block, 'Specialism of choice', will be discussed and agreed between you, your mentor and the training provider. It will focus on one particular area or role within the company and will enable a deeper learning and understanding of this area, enhancing skills and adding to your experience.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Qualification: Construction Site Engineering Technician (level 4)
Training Provider & Location: Eastleigh College in Hampshire
Apprentices are expected to attend Eastleigh College on a day release basis and will develop their knowledge and skills through on and off-the-job learning.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
The apprentice would have received an in depth and detailed insight into the world of construction and the life cycle of how a project is created and delivered. The apprentice would have also worked within each department, receiving invaluable exposure to multiple aspects of the industry therefore they should have no issues taking their skills further. Upon completion of the 2 year apprenticeship scheme with SMD, an apprentice may be offered a permanent role within the company, may choose to leave, or may undertake further study. The most common possible apprenticeship 'journeys' are as follows:
· Employed under apprenticeship for 2 years, then leaves the Company upon completion.
· Employed under apprenticeship for 2 years, then offered and accepts a permanent role with the Company upon completion - this would most likely be a role with the Contracts Teams or if you decided on a different specialism during your apprenticeship such as Quantity Surveying, Project Management, or Concrete Operations.
· Employed under apprenticeship for 2 years, then extends current apprenticeship (i.e. due to specialising further, retaking modules etc).
· Employed under apprenticeship for 2 years, then undertakes further study and remains with the company throughout this further study duration.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative
A Level or equivalent Similar Subject Area (Grade A Level or Equivalent) Essential
Things to consider
Full Driving Licence desirable but not essential