Local Apprentice is a straight A student when it comes to construction testing

31 May 2017


When he left school three years ago, Callum didn’t know what to do. Since then he has excelled in his Apprenticeship at TD Construction Testing.

Callum now works as a Laboratory Technician, performing complex testing duties, but he has come a long way. He said: “When I left school I didn’t have a clue what to do, I went to the college and there was nothing really there for me.

“I went to the Chamber and decided that I would do an Apprenticeship because I wanted to get a job and earn my own money. I applied for the course at the Chamber and got right into working.”

Due to the high standard of his work and his willingness to learn, Callum was nominated for an Apprentice of the Year award. He attended a glittering awards ceremony with other Apprentices who had gone above and beyond in their work and qualification.

Jane Hopkinson at TD Construction Testing said: “Callum turns in everyday on time without fail, and he understands the testing specifications, which are sometimes complicated. For the amount of time he has been here, his standard of work is very high.

“As a company, we have to pass a UKAS audit to retain our accreditation and at that time Callum stepped in for an experienced Technician who left the company a week prior to the audit, which was very impressive considering he was an Apprentice.”

Throughout his Apprenticeship Callum has been supported by the company and St Helens Chamber to make sure that he gets the most out of his qualifications. He explained: “I am glad I’ve done an Apprenticeship. I’ve got a job out of it and I’ve been here for two years.

“I like how much support the Chamber gives you through the Apprenticeship. The company have supported me as well. Taking on this Apprenticeship has been really helpful and I have learned so much things I didn’t know whilst working for TD.”

Often businesses take on Apprentices to learn from inside the company and train them up to become fully qualified members of staff. Where the tasks are practical, there is often is no college route into that specific role and new recruits are better off learning on the job.

Tom Robinson, Managing Director at TD Construction Testing said: “Our industry employs a lot of young people, it’s not a business where you take on people from college because there’s no direct college course for what we do.

“We take on young people straight from school and train them up, so the Apprenticeship programme is really good because you get local youngsters who are wanting to learn.

“Callum has been very good throughout his Apprenticeship with us and has taken it upon himself to progress within the company, showing the same level of enthusiasm day in – day out.”

If you are aged 16-24 and don’t already have a lot of  work experience you will be offered a place on one of our Traineeships before applying for an Apprenticeship, to give you the best chance of being successful.

For more information about Apprenticeships please call Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email apprenticeships@sthelenschamber.com