FCC Environment celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
This National Apprenticeship Week (5- 11th February), FCC Environment is celebrating its apprentices and the work they do to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill and transform it into energy and valuable resources.
Securing a position on FCC Environment’s Apprenticeship Programme offers all apprentices work-based learning under the supervision and guidance of industry expertise, providing them with the skills and hands-on experience to kick start their career. As well as this, some positions offer candidates the opportunity to continue their education at college alongside their apprenticeship.
Apprentices are invited to work in various roles across the business such as Engineers in their state-of-the-art Energy from Waste facilities, as Maintenance Engineers in their vehicle workshops - keeping its fleet of collection vehicles on the road, or as essential Business Administrators and Chartered Managers, progressing the business and maintaining compliance.
Gaye Glading, the Early Careers and Development Manager at FCC Environment, said: “The Waste Industry is sometimes overlooked as a career option, and it is time to dispel the myths and legends that surround this incredible field of work and all that it can offer. We have a wide variety of roles across our business, it is fast paced, ever evolving, and guaranteed to get people inspired and aligned with our values of sustainability and securing a greener future for us all.”
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to attract talented individuals who have a passion for learning and aspirations for a successful long-lasting career. Offering firsthand work experience, with expert mentors, training, structured plans for the development of key skills, knowledge and behaviours, and opportunities to explore their own uniqueness, apprenticeships can help candidates get ahead of the competition.
FCC Environment also offer apprenticeships which focus on the core skills needed for a successful career in the waste industry. Many of which underpin the foundations of how materials are managed, sorted, and redirected to create new resources or energy, a fantastic opportunity to gain experience at a grass root level and as a stepping stone into a valued career.
Gaye added: “For some, this practical approach is preferable to sixth form, college or university which may not be their first choice in securing a career path into any business. And of course, there is no student loan to worry about, all apprentices can earn while they learn, and once the apprenticeship is completed and they have realised their initial achievements, we hope that they would choose to stay with us and further develop their careers, apprenticeships don’t just end with new employees, we offer them to our existing employees too, it just makes sense!”
Apprentice Remi Hill, who works as a Trainer in FCC Environment’s Learning & Development Team, said: “Having the opportunity to do an apprenticeship has helped me gain more confidence and knowledge in many areas, and I’ve had the chance to meet great people and experience new adventures.”
Julie Henry, Administrator Assistant at FCC Environment said: “The apprenticeship helped me to become more knowledgeable in my current job role and achieve new skills and knowledge in other areas of the business through the off the job training. Following the completion of the WRO2 apprenticeship, it has given me more confidence and I am now starting a Team Leader/Supervisor Level Three Apprenticeship.”
The waste and recycling company currently has over 45 registered apprentices and will be hiring a further 50, with the company accepting applications for its round of recruitment later this year. To find out more visit www.fccenvironment.co.uk/about-us/careers/apprenticeships