Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019

“We are across all sectors. An apprentice is not going into a practice that specialises in only one type of project. You will get variety across a range of different sectors,” said Aled. Joe said: “A young person might be working on a half- million-pound two-classroom extension to a school, Cheltenham Racecourse or the Brewery Quarter on a £30 million plus project. “Being involved in different sizes and scales of projects is vital for their development. It also provides long-term opportunities for their development.” Beginning to promote the profession they love and believe in also involves on-going conversations with Gloucestershire College and its school of construction and the University of Gloucestershire. And it is working with RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) to help raise the profession’s profile in the county. What has been key to Roberts Limbrick’s success, and which helps explain why its staff team of 100 is so

strong in depth (and perhaps why it has never become known for shouting about itself), is its focus. Joe said: “We have a reputation we are proud of – that we ‘design and deliver’. The client and the quality of the service we provide underpins everything that we do. We employ experienced designers and technical staff, who have equal importance in the process and collaborate together to produce high quality, well balanced buildings “It means young people who come here have the opportunity to learn from the best and we are proud of that.” Aled added: “You are never dropped into it without the right team around you. If you do not have that support and seniority around you, then you are not going to learn.” “It is about being valued. If you come into a company on an apprenticeship, you are being given an opportunity. “You want that to work. The company wants it to work and therefore everyone is much more willing to put the time and effort into retaining and training those people” l

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