Morgan Ashurst is giving graduate training a priority.
Construction company Morgan Ashurst – which has local offices at the Waterside Centre, Birmingham Business Park, Solihull – is tackling industry skills shortage by investing thousands of pounds in graduate training.
The company is giving three local youngsters the opportunity to lay the foundations for careers in the construction industry through the various types of training programme it offers to young people.
James Parker, Matt Hudson and Harpreet Singh Moore are all honing their construction skills with Morgan Ashurst working on a £10.6 million scheme to create a state-of-the-art, 182-bedroom student halls at the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus.
To meet current demand the construction industry needs to recruit around 42,000 every year in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics. Morgan Ashurst offers four types of training programme for young people.
The Developing Skills programme allows school and college leavers to develop skills and gain NVQ qualifications. Year-long placements are geared toward university students on sandwich-style construction courses.
A special graduate training course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is offered to those who have recently completed degrees in relevant subjects, while existing staff can take advantage of management training.
James, aged 23, who lives in Solihull, recently graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in quantity surveying and construction cost management from Nottingham Trent University and joined Morgan Ashurst as an assistant quantity surveyor. In the third year of his four-year degree, James spent a year working on site with the company and was delighted to join Morgan Ashurst full time after completing his studies.
“My father is a surveyor so becoming a quantity surveyor was a natural career choice for me,” explains James.
“The year on site with Morgan Ashurst gave me valuable experience and the opportunity to put the theory I had learned as part of my studies into practice. I’m currently studying for a professional qualification from RICS and I’d eventually like to become a project surveyor.”
Harpreet, aged 20, from Wednesbury, is the company’s newest recruit. Also studying at Nottingham Trent University, Harpreet will spend the third year of his BSc (Hons) degree in construction management studying site management and site engineering with Morgan Ashurst.
“My cousin renovates houses and I’d previously worked with him and enjoyed it, so I decided to pursue a career in construction myself,” says Harpreet.
“As part of my site management training so far, I’ve been responsible for keeping a daily diary of the work carried out on site, inspecting work and managing the order of construction materials. The work is so varied that no two days are the same and I’m constantly learning new skills which will benefit me in my future career.”
Coming to the end of his placement year with Morgan Ashurst is 22-year-old Matt Hudson. Matt, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, has spent the past year studying site management with the company on a number of its construction projects throughout the West Midlands.
He will shortly return to Nottingham Trent University to undertake the fourth and final year of his BSc (Hons) degree in construction management. He hopes to follow in James’s footsteps and return to Morgan Ashurst when his studies are over.
“There are so many prospects for young people joining the construction industry which are attractive to graduates,” said Matt. “What really appealed to me about the industry is watching a building take shape and knowing that you are creating something which is going to benefit people in the future.”
James Breckon, Morgan Ashurst operations director, is delighted with the progress made by the three so far.
“We are committed to attracting the best young people with the correct skills to take our business forward in the future. James, Matt and Harpreet have all shown tremendous potential and are setting an excellent example. We would like to see other young people following their lead.”