Celebrating ten years of apprenticeships



At Brown & Carroll we have always felt passionately about providing high class training for the next generation of tradesmen and women, so are delighted to be joining the National Apprentice Service in celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

This year’s theme is the ‘ladder of opportunity’ focusing on how apprenticeships can lead to a brighter future, not just for individuals themselves, but for businesses and the wider economy.

Project Manager, Darren Rossiter who joined us 17 years ago as a labourer, certainly saw his apprenticeship as the first rung on the ladder to career progression. You can read more about him and some of our current apprentices in the profiles below.

In the last decade alone, we have taken on 23 apprentices across a range of disciplines including bench joinery, site carpentry, our spray shop, French polishing, office administration and quantity surveying. Of those people, an impressive 21 are still with us, including our first apprentice bench joiner, Aaron Withers, who continues to be a valued member of the Brown & Carroll team.

As well as completing NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in their chosen discipline, some of our apprentices have successfully represented us in prestigious events that promote excellence in the industry. Past winners include Luke Ives and David Guiton, who have both triumphed in the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers Craft Competition. Others have gone on to gain HNC qualifications and take up management positions within the company.

Managing Director, Paul Carroll, says:

‘By investing in apprenticeships and passing on years of accumulated skills & knowledge, we are developing the home-grown talent that is the lifeblood of this company and the future of our industry. It also provides fresh impetus, keeping us abreast of the latest developments, technology and practice in all areas. ’

What’s more, to further safeguard the pipeline of talent coming through the ranks, we have now gone a step further down the educational ladder by becoming involved with Essex County Council’s STEM project. Mike Pearson our Senior QUESH Manager, regularly attends a local school to encourage and assist the teachers in developing practical skills among the 14 – 16 year olds who are interested in careers in construction, and in particular, bench joinery or site carpentry.

Through apprenticeships and initiatives like these, we will continue to offer opportunities to the next generation and look forward to watching our apprentices grow.

Read more about some of their journeys here: