Trainees praise on-the-job training at Eynsham firm

The Oxford Times: Dexter Lancaster, left, and Sean Reynolds Dexter Lancaster, left, and Sean Reynolds

APPRENTICES are being fast tracked into key roles at a specialist firm.

A major aspect of Maylarch Environmental’s work is focused on asbestos detection and removal, and apprentices are being trained specifically in surveying buildings and demolition sites for the hazardous material.

The latest recruit to the Eynsham-based firm is Dexter Lancaster who will be combining on-site training with an NVQ level two course in business administration at Abingdon and Witney College.

Mr Lancaster, 19, said: “I found I learn things a lot easier doing practical activities, rather than reading from text books, sitting in a classroom all day.

“An apprenticeship is definitely the right choice for me.”

The former pupil of Henry Box School, Witney, is following in the footsteps of 20-year-old Sean Reynolds who is now working as a full-time asbestos surveyor.

Mr Reynolds said: “The apprenticeship has allowed me to gain an educational qualification, while working hands on every day which is perfect for me. I enjoyed the apprenticeship and found the NVQ work easier to manage between working on site, as it was varied.”

Managing director Nick Williamson said: “We follow a training programme designed by the Construction Industry Training Board.

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“Our apprentices have the confidence that they are being trained to the highest level and following the best practices of the industry. In return, we know we can rely on their professionalism and enthusiasm to do a great job.”

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11:20pm Thu 9 Jan 14

fishstew says...

its the way to go.

there is a circle of "you need experience to have this job" yet where do you get the experience from when no one gives you a chance. this breaks the circle
its the way to go. there is a circle of "you need experience to have this job" yet where do you get the experience from when no one gives you a chance. this breaks the circle fishstew

5:06am Fri 10 Jan 14

fishstew says...

fishstew wrote:
its the way to go.

there is a circle of "you need experience to have this job" yet where do you get the experience from when no one gives you a chance. this breaks the circle
to the 96 who voted me down.. have you got a better comment.. speak up and stop being spineless!!! or oxford mail sort out your voting system will you!!
[quote][p][bold]fishstew[/bold] wrote: its the way to go. there is a circle of "you need experience to have this job" yet where do you get the experience from when no one gives you a chance. this breaks the circle[/p][/quote]to the 96 who voted me down.. have you got a better comment.. speak up and stop being spineless!!! or oxford mail sort out your voting system will you!! fishstew

11:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

It's good to see firms bringing back apprentiships and on the job training, you cant get that experience sat in a classroom, well done to Maylarch.
It's good to see firms bringing back apprentiships and on the job training, you cant get that experience sat in a classroom, well done to Maylarch. BigAlBiker

12:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sid Hunt says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
It's good to see firms bringing back apprentiships and on the job training, you cant get that experience sat in a classroom, well done to Maylarch.
Quite agree and this article is much more welcome than the free advertising exercise for the dash camera company in an above article.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: It's good to see firms bringing back apprentiships and on the job training, you cant get that experience sat in a classroom, well done to Maylarch.[/p][/quote]Quite agree and this article is much more welcome than the free advertising exercise for the dash camera company in an above article. Sid Hunt

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