Pudsey company launches apprenticeship appeal

G&H group Companies Crown Trading Centre,Hayes. Pictured: Apprentice Jake Siddle

A Pudsey-based mechanical, electrical and public health service provider has launched its search for apprentices to join the firm later this year. 

G&H Group has opened applications for its 2024 apprenticeship scheme, offering a variety of mechanical, electrical, estimating and design, site and office-based trainee roles.

Open to post A-Level, BTEC, or equivalent school or college leavers, the three-year programme in partnership with Leeds Building College and other further education establishments, will lead to a City & Guilds industry-recognised qualification.

A full-time employee from day one, apprentices will learn ‘on the job’, receive mentoring from senior, experienced colleagues, gain hands-on experience, and undertake a variety of tasks alongside their studies. 

Jake Siddle joined G&H Group, which is based off South Parade, in August 2022 after completing A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Business Studies at New College, Pontefract. 

The 20-year-old is encouraging young people to consider an apprenticeship with G&H Group as an alternative to university.

Jake said: “Whilst studying for my A-levels, I considered applying to study engineering at university, however, I was really keen to start earning and decided to explore apprenticeships. I successfully applied for the apprenticeship at G&H Group and it’s the best decision I ever made.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘typical week’ as everyday is different. On Monday I travel down to London from my home in Wakefield. Based on site Monday to Wednesday, and Friday too, my responsibilities include supporting sub contractors, reviewing designs and ensuring they work, solving coordination challenges, and procuring and buying materials, under the guidance of my mentor. On Thursdays, I attend my Level Four Building Services Engineering Technician course at City of Westminster College.

“An apprenticeship has without doubt been the best career move for me. I really enjoy the variety of the role and learning about the physics and technicalities behind a building’s mechanics and electrics. My advice to anyone at school or college, unsure of their next move, is to check out an apprenticeship.”

With 12.8 percent of the construction industry’s workforce women, G&H Group is keen to encourage applications from female students. 

Rebecca Malone, gas engineer at G&H Group, said: “I’ve enjoyed a rewarding 14-year career in the construction industry and I would encourage all female students to go for it and apply for the apprenticeship scheme, as it’s a great career choice.

“If you are resilient, open minded, inquisitive and willing to learn, then you have the qualities to succeed. I would love to see more female engineers enter the industry and an apprenticeship at G&H Group will provide them with the support, skills and experience they need for a fulfilling career.”

The deadline for applications is 10 May with a September 2024 start. CVs should be sent to katie.hardisty@ghbs.me.

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