Colmore Tang Construction (CTC), the fast-growing Birmingham-based contractor, has hired its first degree apprentice following the completion of an innovative mentoring programme to link schools and employers.
A-level student Zaidan Khan, aged 17, was offered the post after completing a 12-month mentorship with Roland O’Connor, CTC’s Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality Manager, as part of the Career Ready scheme, which supports teenagers at school and college.
As well as having regular monthly meetings with Roland, the Washwood Heath Academy student completed a four-week internship with CTC’s commercial department.
Zaidan’s hard work and appetite for learning impressed Alex Pack, Commercial Manager, and Assistant Quantity Surveyor Chloe Cox, so much that when CTC directors were approached to see if the teen could be offered a degree apprenticeship – they endorsed the idea and quickly agreed.
When he has completed his A-level studies, Zaidan, who lives in Birmingham, will start his four-year Quantity Surveyor traineeship, when he will work four days a week and spend one day a week studying at university.
Zaidan said he was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to begin his career at CTC.
“When I signed up for the Career Ready programme, I never dreamed I would be offered the opportunity to do a degree apprenticeship,” he said. “I’m really proud because not only will I be gaining on-the-job experience with a really good company working on exciting development projects, I’ll also be studying for my qualifications.”
Roland O’Connor said: “In the last three years we have grown incredibly fast and that has been down to experienced people who have worked in the industry for years. Now we have the opportunity to to build on these strong foundations and bring in fresh talent.
“It’s a great opportunity for Zaidan because he will get excellent support during his apprenticeship from some of the best in the business and it’s also great for Colmore Tang because it demonstrates that we are committed to finding local talent. It’s important for us to employ local people to work on local projects.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Zaidan on board and hope that this is just the start of us working closely with local colleges and schools.”
Jonathan Griffiths, Key Stage 5 Achievement Leader at Washwood Heath Academy, added: “I think it is fantastic that Zaidan has been able to have hands-on experience at Colmore Tang as it has allowed him to experience what it’s like to work in a successful company and this has undoubtedly filled him with aspiration to achieve.”