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New film shines spotlight on Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service has today launched a new film to encourage more young people to explore the wide range of Apprenticeships available in the construction sector. In the film, four former and current apprentices working in different roles across the sector, recount their experiences and talk about how an Apprenticeship has benefited them.

The four stars include an Advanced Civil Engineering Technician Apprentice working for Morgan Sindall as part of the BBMV joint venture for Crossrail in London as well as current and former apprentices working for building company BE Ames, plumbing and heating business Century Plumbing and construction consultancy Costain. The interviewees also talk about the breadth of skills they developed during their Apprenticeship and the importance of the sector to the economy.

Employers, led by CITB, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council for the construction sector, are being encouraged to promote the film across the sector and to young people. The film will also be used by the National Apprenticeship Service in resource packs for schools and at careers events up and down the country. To view and share the film, visit www.apprentice.tv.

Regina Tumblepot (pictured), 26, who features in the film, works for Morgan Sindall on the BBMV joint venture on Crossrail’s Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Station Tunnels project, and was also named Crossrail Apprentice of the Year earlier this year. She said: “My Apprenticeship has given me the best of both worlds; the opportunity to earn while I learn, achieve a well-respected qualification, whilst gaining valuable, hands-on experience. There are many different types of jobs in the construction sector, for all sorts of people from all sorts of background. I would definitely encourage more young people to think about doing an Apprenticeship.”