Tarmac employees trailblaze their way through working life while studying  

November 9, 2022

We’re always keen to encourage personal and professional growth, so we like to shout about how we’re working to support individuals as they embark on their educational journeys. Here’s a round-up of our latest student success stories. 

Grafting gains results 

Adam Brown is a fantastic example of how you can reach your potential while at Tarmac. He joined the business seven years ago and has been studying throughout, firstly gaining a BTEC Distinction in Civil Engineering and then undertaking a five-year degree course at Sheffield Hallam University.  

Adam, quantity surveyor at Tarmac, said: “I was incredibly pleased to have achieved a First-Class honours degree. My university course was completed while working at two different business units, so I’d just like to say thank you to everyone involved for your help and support over the years. I am now looking forward to what the future holds and look forward to further developing my skills and knowledge with Tarmac.”  

Andy Murray, general manager, Tarmac traffic management, added: “Adam is a remarkable person and employee. While studying for his qualifications he also started a family, renovated his first home, moved into a new house, and became a father for the second time. He is truly a credit to the business.”  

Go, graduates! 

Congratulations to all our employees at the University of Derby, who have now completed their courses and finished with fantastic results:  

Paul Lingard, assistant unit manager (north and Scotland operations, Santon), distinction  

Ashley Randles, technician (southeast technical, Harlow), distinction 

Craig Warren, technician (southwest and Wales technical, Halecombe), merit 

Michael Hall, mechanical maintenance fitter (midlands operations, Bayston Hill), distinction 

Andrew Weston, lead operative (midlands operations, Bayston Hill), distinction 

James Warren, quarry operative (midlands operations, Bayston Hill), referral offer for blasting operations and business management 

Graham Keast, production manager Ready Mix – east midlands (midlands ready mix, Leicester offices), distinction 

Jamie McGowan, technician (Caledonian, Inverness), distinction 

Benjamin White, assistant quarry manager (north and Scotland operations, Eaton Hall), distinction 

Kyle Broughton, higher apprentice – supervisor (midlands contracting, Mountsorrel), distinction 

Daniel Powell, higher apprentice – supervisor (midlands contracting, Kington), for work-based project 

Zak Richardson, multi-skilled operative (midlands operations, Swarkestone), distinction 

Michael Sharpe, higher apprentice – operations management (midlands ready mix, Alrewas), distinction 

Craig Baker, higher apprentice – operations manager (north and Scotland operations, Santon) – for work-based project 

Max Billington, higher apprentice – technical (north and Scotland technical, Preston), distinction 

Eric Conway, higher apprentice – contracting supervisor (northeast and Scotland – Bellshill), distinction 

Aaron Henderson, higher apprentice – contracting supervisor (northeast and Scotland – Birtley), merit 

Alexander Lakey, higher apprentice – technical Ready Mix (northeast and Scotland – general management, Bellshill), merit 

Twice as nice! 

The successes from the University of Derby continue, as senior technician Craig McCorquodale has been awarded Best Student status for the second year running. He attended an award ceremony in October to collect his Peter Preston – Best Student – award.  

Craig said: “I was extremely pleased and equally proud to have received the news that I had achieved this year’s ‘Best Minerals Extractives Student’ award. It’s really challenging to juggle a busy working life along with family life. This comes with also trying to fit time in to study and make the most of the educational opportunity I was fortunate enough to experience, thanks to Tarmac. However, the qualifications and awards I have managed to accumulate over the years make it all worthwhile.” 

“Being awarded top student is great news – especially two years in a row,” said Ian Carr, senior technical manager. “It’s a fantastic success story and it certainly shows that hard work and studying really does pay off. Congratulations Craig!”  

A (first) class act 

Another special shout-out goes to Jake Cartwright, one of our apprentices, who has graduated with First Class honours at the University of Wolverhampton. Through Tarmac funding – and with a great deal of determinism and hard work – the 25-year-old from Sedgley studied for a Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship and is now a fully qualified quantity surveyor.  

Jake said: “It’s only through the opportunities offered to me at Tarmac that have allowed me to study for a degree. I really enjoyed studying and love learning about something I’m involved with on a day-to-day basis, so it was an ideal progression path for me. Tarmac has been so supportive throughout my career to date. I feel very valued by the company and now, with my qualifications, I can give something back to them.”  

Well done on your accomplishments one and all – keep up the excellent work!  

For more information on the educational opportunities and careers available at Tarmac, visit www.tarmaccareers.com