"Exeter College are proud to work with AWP whose continued investment and development in Apprentices have resulted in a successful partnership. Apprentices are supported through their Level 3 programme and have the opportunity to continue onto a level 4 Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering continuing their studies with Exeter College."

Kira CrossleyTraining and Recruitment AdvisorExeter College www.exe-coll.ac.uk

Technician and Apprentice Training

At AWP we are committed to recruiting new staff members at the start of their career and then supporting them through their academic and professional training.

We have developed an excellent partnership with Exeter College and support our apprentices and technicians through the BTEC3 'Construction and the Built Environment' and the BTEC4 'Civil Engineering' courses. We were delighted to be given an award by Exeter College for our Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticehips in 2019.

A number of our Project Managers started their careers working as Technicians and also attended Exeter College one day a week to study a BTEC. Since joining AWP, Graham, Rodin and Dan have all sat and passed their EngTech exams to become Technician Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE). All three of these guys are currently working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Here is Rodin's story:

From the beginning, AWP actively encouraged and supported me to obtain professional status through the ICE, which up until then, I had lost some momentum. Now AWP are continuing to support me as I aim to progress to the next level with the hope to achieve Chartership through the ICE Technical Report Route (TRR). With AWP’s full backing I attend bi-monthly South West Region ICE TTR meetings which are helping me pave the way to achieve my goal.

Following in their footsteps we have a number of younger Technicians, Technical Assistants and Apprentices who we support in their BTEC3 and BTEC4 day release studies at Exeter College. Matt, Jon and Jake (L-R in the 2nd photo above) passed their BTEC4 courses in 2015 and enjoyed a graduation ceremony at Exeter Cathedral. They have now developed their careers and passed their EngTech exams and now have the latest generation of apprentices working for them. The 3rd photo is of our 2017-18 cohort of 8 apprentices studying BTEC3 or 4 courses.

Here is what one of our Technicians, Jon Goldsworthy said:

Since starting with AWP they have offered continual support throughout every aspect of my career. This includes a mixture of on the job training as well as providing time and funding for me to enrol for qualifications such as the HNC. They have also assisted me in the process of becoming a qualified Technician with the ICE which I have now completed.

Here is what one of our second year Apprentices Jayesh Elson said:

Being on the apprenticeship scheme is a great opportunity to have the practical experience of work to back up the academic learning.  You can also see what the next steps are in your career progression.  It is also really helpful having the support of various other colleagues at different levels from those a year above me at college and those who recently graduated right through to those who started where I am and are now Project Managers and Incorporated or even Chartered Civil Engineers.