TICA Member R&H Insulations has celebrated another landmark scheme as Thermal Insulation Operative Ross Wainwright became the 100th apprentice to work on Manchester Airport’s £1bn transformation program.
Most recently, R&H Insulations became a preferred contractor of Laing O’Rourke’s engineering enterprise Crown House Technologies, and is currently aiding the prestigious airport transformation project that will see Terminal Two grow by 150%.
With the first phase of development opens to passengers, 24-year-old Ross joined the team to work on the duct and pipework across the project.
For Director of R&H Insulations Helen Wilson, bringing apprentices into the business was always part of the company’s long-term plan. She said: “Over the last few years we’ve really grown as a company and we feel it’s so important to have an apprenticeship scheme to bring new talent to our workforce.
“As a business we work under the ethos that we’re big enough to cope and small enough to care, and bringing in young people is a key part of that. We have two other apprentices currently doing their qualifications with TICA at the moment alongside Ross.
“We’ve really seen the benefits too, we’ve been a member of TICA now for two years and love knowing that the new members of our workforce are in such capable hands. They get real ‘on the job’ training from us, working on projects big and small and also get to work alongside our 30-strong workforce gaining valuable knowledge and experience.
“Then on top of this they get to learn key skills and get consistent support from TICA. We went to look at the workshops and learning areas and were so impressed. We even get updates from the Assessors there who give us feedback on each of our apprentices.”
Ross joins other apprentices working on the airport’s transformation scheme in areas such as engineering, painting and decorating, plumbing and project management. Over the course of the project more than 150 apprentices will be recruited.
Marion Marsland, Chief Executive of TICA, said: “It’s brilliant to see that our apprenticeship programme is being recognised for its high quality and credibility amongst other skilled disciplines in the construction industry.
“We are so delighted at the success of our client R&H Insulation,s who continuously support apprentices and are dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the on-going training and experience of the companys’ workforce.
“This year will see £500k invested to enhance our National Training Centre, marked with an official opening which will be attended by our awarding body SQA. This centre has been designed and created completely bespoke to the industry, we have significantly extended our workshop and made a huge investment into the functional skills suite where our apprentices gain mandatory Maths and English skills. On top of this there will be new training rigs set to stretch candidates and ensure they are continuously challenged.
“We are really looking forward to our clients benefiting from the investment and watching their apprentices reach new heights.”
Helen concluded: “We’re already planning further apprenticeships. This year we’ve had a real think about where we want to take the business and we’re really happy with the company size at the moment. Our clients work with us because they’re dealing directly with experienced and knowledgeable Directors, who only want the best for each and every job we work on. We’re available 24/7 and have such a tight-knit team that by steadying our growth we can retain the level of service on which we pride ourselves.”