Carpentry & joinery apprentices help Serco build workforce of the future

Employing apprentices from Warrington & Vale Royal College is helping Serco – a leading international services provider – to create a workforce for the future.

Five carpentry and joinery apprentices, provided through the college, are the first to be employed by Serco’s maintenance department.

Dane Evans, Tim Smith, Luke Pickering, Jordan Burrows and Adam Lester all started with the company in October and are now working on sites across the north west, helping to maintain homes used by those seeking asylum in the UK. This includes everything from repairing general wear and tear, to full refurbishments.

Luke Collier, Head of Maintenance at Serco’s COMPASS asylum seeker accommodation contract, said: “Serco as a company has been a strong supporter of apprenticeships for many years but this is the first time we have employed apprentices in our maintenance department. It is a great opportunity for us to take on new employees who we think have huge potential and set them up for a successful long-term career with Serco by giving them the right training and support. We find the mix of classroom and on the job learning works really well.”

All five apprentices secured their positions after taking part in an assessment day with the company.

Former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil Dane, who completed carpentry level 2 at Warrington & Vale Royal College before progressing onto his apprenticeship, said: “The apprenticeship with Serco is brilliant, I’m really enjoying it. You can do anything on your own but with an apprenticeship you have got someone with you who is experienced in that trade and who can help you to increase your job performance. For me, an apprenticeship is the way forward.”

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice in your business, or would like to become an apprentice, contact our Apprenticeships Team on  01925 494703, or attend one of our Apprenticeship Welcome Days to find out more.