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D Morgan were “Highly Commended” receiving the award in the “Social Value” category for the largest heavy plant apprenticeship programme in the UK with the CITB.
D Morgan has a long tradition of providing quality apprenticeships and training. They currently have the largest number of Earthmoving Plant Operator apprentices in the country with the CITB.
In the past 2 years 81apprentices have been sent on a rolling programme to CITB’s Bircham Newton training centre for a 12 week (induction) course. They continue their training on a full range of plant that D Morgan operates including dozer, excavator, articulated dump-truck, tractor and roller, working on a variety of D Morgan’s sites.
Apprentice starting age is typically around 23 and those recruited have been able to start a new career that suited them often after having tried other paths.
An outstanding example of the scheme is Jamie Jones from Neston. An early entrant to the programme Jamie now has his blue card and is working on a major reclamation project operating a Komatsu PC210 excavator. Jamie has dyslexia; had been working on farms and before that forklifts, and saw the apprenticeship as an opportunity to establish a regular career.
Jamie said “I’m made-up. I really believe that this has been great chance to sort my life, plan my career and provide for my family. I love the variety and have been on excavators, rollers, dump trucks, tractors, and 360s.
To start it was hard at Bircham Newton, away from family and baby son, but we all mucked-in together and it was great.
I’ve worked a year on Staffordshire Alliance which was massive with loads going-on, and then Logistics North and Bold Heath quarry. I didn’t really have much in qualifications when I applied, and didn’t think I was going to get it but now have a career.”
The commitment shown by apprentices to work and training is remarkable. To date D Morgan has retained 92% of the plant operative apprentices. Retention is dramatically better than the average for construction and apprenticeships generally.
They have proved adept at controlling machines equipped with GPS guidance for excavation. Their familiarity with technology helps their understanding and coordination in the control of machinery.
The apprentices have worked on most of D Morgan’s contracts. Recruitment has helped comply with client’s local labour conditions. On the D Morgan contract on £250m Stafford Area Improvement Programme on the West Coast Main Line for the Staffordshire Alliance, they had 32 D Morgan apprentices. 16 apprentices recruited were local from Staffordshire and south Cheshire.
Similarly D Morgan working on SCAPE Balfour Beatty Birchwood Pinch Points, Warrington, (ironically the winner in CECA’s Social Value awards category), and on D Morgan’s own project to construct infrastructure at Omega Warrington, have recruited locally to fill apprenticeships.
Although D Morgan have run apprenticeship programmes for years the large increase is a result of a staff age profile audit when it was realised that the workforce in common with the rest of construction, had a rapidly rising age profile.
This substantial investment in training is additional to apprenticeships that D Morgan have run for many years with Reaseheath College for plant maintenance, and the Iveco Advanced Apprenticeship Programme at Winsford; and continuing support for university graduate training with year-out students in civil engineering and quantity surveying.