National Apprenticeship Week

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Peter Duffy Limited will be presenting career opportunities within the Construction and Utilities industries at two prestigious events during National Apprenticeship Week.  The first event – “Give Construction a Try” takes place on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at Leeds Rhinos aiming to give attendees some practical experience of the types of work activities carried out by the companies who have agreed to attend.  The second event, on 9 March is hosted by Wakefield College and taking place at the Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Wakefield giving attendees the opportunity to consider the options available to them, from apprenticeships to HE.

Peter Duffy Limited has made a public commitment to invest in the development of both young and older people who wish to pursue careers in Construction and Utilities.  We are a signatory to “The 5% Club Charter”, which has as its aim to encourage employers to recruit 5% of their workforce into apprenticeships, graduate programmes or structured learning programmes.  We currently employ 10 apprentices who are working towards recognised qualifications pertinent to their job role at levels 2 and 3 and we have three members of staff who are completing their graduate programmes.  Other members of staff are working towards recognised qualifications in Construction, Team Leading and Management.

We have joined the Leeds LEP Enterprise Advisor programme and we are working closely with our partner Academy to provide work experience and life skills opportunities to prepare students for the world of work and beyond.  Managing Director Peter Duffy comments: “The construction industry is suffering from a skills shortage and indicators are that this will only get worse if we don’t take responsibility and do something about it now.  We want to inform young people, both boys and girls that there are many exciting and varying roles in the industry and for them to consider a career in construction.”