Testimonials

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Testimonials

What our partners and apprentices say about us

Robert Lee (former Evolve Apprentice), Mace Construction – London

“My experience at Evolve has been very good overall. There is a lot of guidance for apprentices for example the progress reviews with your mentor and Evolve to run through progress, set targets and measure performance. Evolve work with some of the UK’s biggest main contractors which really is an incredible opportunity for apprentices wanting to gain knowledge and experience. During my 2 year apprenticeship I worked on 4 different projects at a combined value of over £175m. The onsite experience enabled me to excel at college and achieve Distinction* across the 2 years and finish first in my class on the NVQ. I came into this apprenticeship knowing barely anything about construction and now I have become a valuable member of my team at Mace which has therefore enabled me to obtain a permanent position. This will entail a continuation of my studies towards a Quantity Surveying degree at London South Bank University all funded by Mace along with a competitive salary and many benefits. Evolve have been the stepping-stone which has enabled me to get an opportunity to reach my potential and have supported me all the way through my apprenticeship which has definitely helped me to gain my permanent position. I would fully recommend Evolve if you are interested in pursuing a career in all elements of construction as it is such a great way to start your career.”

Paul Jennings (Community Investment Manager, Southern Construction Framework) Morgan Sindall – London

Evolve has assisted Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in meeting our social value targets since 2015. Together we have employed apprentices in trades and site management, a number of whom have gone on to work for us on a permanent basis following the successful completion of their apprenticeships, an indication of the quality of candidates that we have received from Evolve.

Alex Dean (Apprenticeship Development Manager) Clarion Housing – London

Clarion Housing has been involved with Evolve apprentices since it began in 2013. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship that has enabled our residents to access apprenticeship opportunities, and to further their careers. We hope to continue working together in the future as we aim to deliver even more routes to progression for those that we help.

A Case Study: Malachi

Question 1: What made you interested in the Level 3 Construction Contracting Operations apprenticeship and was it what you expected?

I come from a family who has worked in construction and a grandfather who told me stories about his experiences in the industry. I applied for the operations apprenticeship as I found the role interesting while also offering future opportunities into different or higher qualifications in the industry.
The industry has changed from when my grandad was working in construction and I found it even better than expected. My host contractor and apprenticeship supervisors kept me busy, challenged me daily and were always there to help and support me during my time on-site.

Question 2: How has it been doing your apprenticeship through Evolve Apprentices as part of the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme?

I found it exciting working on different construction sites, with different teams and different supervisors in the shared apprenticeship scheme. I enjoyed working with new people on-site and gaining different perspectives on the site operations role and how the various responsibilities can be handled.
Evolve Apprentices have been supportive throughout the entire apprenticeship and I am grateful for the opportunity to receive a wage while gaining a qualification and on-site experience. Chris, my apprenticeship coordinator, not only mentored me throughout my apprenticeship but was also actively working with me to seek employment once my apprenticeship was complete, which I appreciated.

Question 3: What are your plans and goals going forward?

As I write this, I am currently looking for my next employment opportunity. I would like to put the experience and qualifications I have completed to good use and gain further employment in the construction industry, where I can keep learning and advancing in my chosen career while working on-site in a role I enjoy. I have enjoyed the experience of becoming qualified while working on-site and being able to apply what I am learning and being taught into my daily role.

A Case Study

Jeancy, a former Evolve apprentice, speaks about our Shared Apprenticeship Scheme

Becoming an Evolve Apprentice

It’s a simple 5 step process:

  • Apply here on the site
  • Come in for an interview
  • Interview with the contractor
  • Evolve will help you get your CSCS card and safety equipment
  • You will attend an employment induction process.

That’s it, you’ll be good to go!

Things to know

Read our FAQs:

  • Which college will I attend?
  • Will I need to travel?
  • What will I be paid?

 

About Evolve

Evolve is a not for profit organisation, registered as a social enterprise, that manages the CITB Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in London and it has responded to industry demand.

The Evolve team has experience across the sector including education, employment, and working with young people.

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