Apprenticeships launch engineering careers for Derbyshire youngsters

Two young Derbyshire people are taking their first steps towards a career in the manufacturing sector after being awarded places on Hope Construction Materials’ Apprenticeship Academy.


Daniel Repton, from Bradwell and Henry Wilde from Chinley.

Daniel Repton, who is 17 and from Bradwell, joins the company’s Dowlow Quarry near Buxton as a mechanical apprentice.  And Hope’s cement works at Hope welcomes 17-year-old Henry Wilde from Chinley as an electrical apprentice.  Hope Construction Materials is Britain’s leading independent construction materials supplier and is committed to investing in its Apprenticeship Academy at a time when the construction market is going through a more buoyant period.

Daniel and Henry are starting four-year apprenticeship with the company.  The first year will be spent full-time at Chesterfield College working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operation (PEO) four days a week, with the fifth day spent working towards a BTEC ONC in their discipline.

Commenting on the apprenticeship award Daniel says:  “I was attracted to Hope because they are a well-known company and from the moment I started in the recruitment process I found I would be well looked after within the company. Another reason I was attracted to the Apprenticeship Academy was the fact that the work is challenging and every day presents a different task.”

Henry adds:  “I was attracted to Hope because it immediately struck me as a good place to work and an impressive company.  As I visited more and spoke to people around the works this impression was reinforced.”

Jim Verity, HR Director at Hope Construction Materials, added: “We’re extremely proud to launch our Apprenticeship Academy and to be taking these youngsters into it.  We look forward to them developing their skills and knowledge and playing their part in the longer term success of Hope. The scheme will combine in-class education with plenty of hands on experience and both apprentices will be provided with a mentor who will support them through the scheme.

“Through our partnerships with local educational organisations, the apprentices gain an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeship. Once the apprentices have completed their training successfully, I’m confident that they’ll be offered a permanent job and have long-term career prospects within Hope.”

Jonathan Price of Chesterfield College said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for these young men to develop their skills and knowledge within a great company. On our visits to Hope Construction Materials we have been very impressed by the professionalism and the drive managers have shown to support young people in their learning. I have no doubt apprentices in the Academy will gain excellent experience with Hope and will progress to be future leaders.

“With the support of our tutors here at Chesterfield College, apprentices will develop skills in many areas alongside the mentoring they will receive once they start working in their placements in the second year.”

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About Hope Construction Materials:

Hope Construction Materials is proud to be Britain’s leading independent producer of concrete, aggregates and cement. Hope was formed after the acquisition of 180 UK assets from global firms Anglo American and Lafarge, which they were obliged to divest by the UK Competition Commission to allow the formation of their UK joint venture. Hope’s 800+ employees work across a national network of 180 sites. Hope is the UK’s number 3 concrete company and supplies more concrete to more British towns and cities than any other independent company. Hope is number 4 in cement and operates the UK’s largest cement plant at Hope Valley in Derbyshire.

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