Matthews & Leigh builds on apprentice success

Matthews & Leigh builds on apprentice success

Matthews & Leigh Civil Engineering Ltd has launched its own specialist education and skills company as it looks to apprentices to help shape the company’s future.

The decision to launch Mathews & Leigh Training Ltd follows a successful partnership with Preston College’s ROI Solutions which saw the company take-on its first apprentices in December.

A total of 11 young people aged 16 to 25 were offered full-time Level 2 Civil Engineering Apprenticeships with the firm, which commenced in January 2016.

The Chorley-headquartered construction and civil engineering contractor is now hoping its new training arm will help develop future talent and prevent the skills gap from biting.

Keith Rea, training manager at Matthews & Leigh Training Ltd, said: “Skills development is now firmly entrenched into the business following the launch of Matthews & Leigh Training and we look forward to our learners progressing onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship and hopefully recruiting another group of Level 2 apprentices in the near future.”

Lisa Edge, general manager of ROI Solutions at Preston’s College, added: “It’s great to see apprentices making a big impact on a business in such a short amount of time.

“The civil engineering and construction industry is enjoying a revival following the recession and Matthews & Leigh are one of so many firms across Lancashire that are recognising the benefits that apprentices can bring to developing the next generation of talent and ultimately future proofing your workforce.

“Our number one goal is to help businesses boost their bottom line by ensuring they’ve the very best in-house skills and access to a wider pool of work-ready individuals.”