Rory Sutton, aged 18, joined VSBW a month ago having completed his first year at MidKent College, Maidstone, where he is undertaking a Construction and the Built Environment course. During the summer holidays Rory worked full time on the £250m development, building up knowledge and experience before he returned to his coursework earlier this month, which will take up one day a week for the duration of his apprenticeship.
Rory said: “It is really interesting and exciting working on this project. It was an initial culture shock going from studying to working for a large business on such a prestigious project, but I feel like I am thriving and making a difference.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover, said: “Apprenticeships are a great route into work for young people and mean proper training and invaluable experience, as well as a wage. The future is exciting at the Port of Dover, as we are investing in expanding our business operations and improving the chances for young people is part of our commitment to the community.”
Rory is ‘learning on the job’ with current tasks involving the collation of vital piling data, which is being used for management reporting. In addition, Rory is getting a good understanding of all aspects of the project. Rory’s role with VSBW is due to continue for the next 18 months, after which he is guaranteed a role at the Port of Dover for the remainder of his 3-year apprenticeship.
Stuart Eckersley, Project Director for VSBW, said: “It is encouraging to see these new apprentices get involved and add value to the project as a whole, as well as learning new skills and gaining experience for their future and the future of our industry. It is a true legacy for the project.”
Chris Hare, Executive Director of Employer Relations at MidKent College said: “It’s a testament to schemes such as the Apprenticeship programme to see how Rory and his colleagues will be contributing to such a prestigious and exciting project. We look forward to supporting Port of Dover and VSBW, and celebrating the huge benefits that employing apprentices can bring to their business.”
Source: Port of Dover, 26 September 2017