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National Apprenticeship Week: Euan Edwards

Monday 8th – Sunday 14th February is National Apprenticeship Week.

The 14th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships aims to showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships.

The theme for the week this year is ‘Build the Future’. 

At Pobl, we’ll be marking the occasion by sharing stories each day from apprentices who are currently employed on our development sites across Wales. Employment opportunities such as apprenticeships are an important part of the community benefits that our new developments offer to local communities.

This is a great example of how housing organisations and contractors can work together to create training and employment opportunities that will not just benefit local young people, but also the future of the sector, and demonstrates our commitment to making a real difference in the communities where we work.

Euan Edwards

Euan has been working as a trainee site manager at Morganstone for around five months, and is thoroughly enjoying his role:

“I’m training to be a site manager, there’s no typical day or week as there’s always something new happening which is brilliant for me as I am always learning.”

Euan has been making the most of his opportunity and enjoys the variety that his role brings. He has learnt many new skills which he hopes to take forward throughout his career:

“I would say my favourite thing about my role is that I get to learn about every trade and how everything is built from the footings to the roof tiles, which for me is very interesting.”

Alongside his work on site, Euan has completed a BTEC and NVQ Level 3 in Civil Engineering and is eager to get started on his HNC. He is clear that the practical work that he does with Morganstone has helped him to achieve his qualifications:

“Being on site alongside doing the course is extremely beneficial as I see the things that I’m learning about every day.”

In the future, Euan has aspirations to be a civil engineer and is grateful for all that he has learnt with Morganstone, which he believes will help him to achieve his goals:

“I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone looking to start out in the construction industry. Nothing beats the hands-on experience and the number of things you learn out on site is ten times more than you learn in the classroom!”

“Apprenticeships are a wise investment in our future. It’s the only way we will ever solve the huge skills shortage in the industry. This year, more than ever, it’s so important that we recognise the real value apprenticeships bring. Our apprenticeship scheme provides us with a pool of bright, talented and motivated individuals who we can train to meet those specific needs.” Hannah Breen, CSR & Training Manager at Morganstone