Creating the future – Learning at Work Week 2023

May 18, 2023

This week marks Learning at Work Week (LAW Week) – a unique annual event to build learning cultures at work. Running from 15 to 21 May 2023, the week is led nationally by Campaign for Learning and by employers and learning champions in their organisations.

This year’s theme is ‘create the future’, which aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development at work.

Peter Kay, head of learning and development, shares his thoughts on what Learning at Work week means at Tarmac:

The very future of the industry relies on the support and guidance we put in today to grow and upskill the apprentices that enter our business. For us, this week is invaluable in highlighting the tools we have available to do so, along with celebrating the exceptional apprentice talent we have across sites UK-wide.

We’re marking the week by celebrating apprentices who have recently completed our award winning Personal Operative Development Programme (PODP).

The PODP is designed around the mineral processing mobile and static plant operator apprenticeship qualification and supports those in their first industry roles, as well as colleagues keen to develop new skills to progress in their careers.

Delivered through a series of workshops, e-learning modules and practical on-the-job training, the topics have been designed to enhance professional understanding of the industry, equipment and safety such as risk assessment and the correct maintenance of plant and equipment.

A huge congratulations to 24 of our employees, who have successfully completed our PODP apprenticeship so far this year. It is particularly impressive that 50% of the apprentices have achieved a distinction – fantastic work!

Well done to:

Andy McMullon

Charlie Vize

Daryl Field

Howard Blackburn

Jamie Parr

John Elliott

Johnny Wydra

Joseph Brown

Joshua McGuinness

Kieran Cooper

Laura Connolly

Lee Cranfield

Lee Hayes

Lewis Baugh

Lewis Keeler

Liam Ringer

Mia Townsend

Nathan Grady

Nathan Sexton

Oshane James

Paul Brittain

Rhys Burton

Ryan Bowes

Spencer Sharpe

Good luck to all of our other apprentices due to complete their PODP in the coming months.

Tarmac offers a wide range of professional development and training initiatives across the business – irrespective of age and experience – aimed at creating a highly-skilled workforce to support the delivery of the UK’s infrastructure ambitions now, and in the future.

Apprenticeships, graduate schemes, employee development programmes have all played a key part in the company’s ongoing commitment to skills.

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