We employ trade apprenticeships annually to ensure new talent is brought into the industry. We accept applications for trade apprenticeships all year round, however the recruitment and selection process takes place between March and May each year.
Our apprentices take part in a thorough recruitment and selection process to ensure we employ the best people for the job. Candidates attend a group testing day at our office in Paisley or Edinburgh. This involves an industry specific assessment created in collaboration with CITB allowing us to ensure candidates have a level of knowledge and ability which will allow them to be successful in their chosen trade. Following this, the highest scoring candidates are asked to attend an interview.
Our Recruitment Team will review the performance of candidates over both stages of assessment and offer the preferred candidates the position.
Our apprentices spend the first 4 weeks with us in our offices in Paisley or Edinburgh allowing them to become embedded in our company culture and learn about the different roles that exist throughout the company before beginning their college courses and work on site. The college each apprentice attends depends on their location. We have recently had employees attend West College Scotland, Edinburgh College and South Lanarkshire College.
Each of our apprentices is appointed a mentor, different from their line manager, and their purpose is to be available for advice and support throughout their apprenticeship. The majority of our mentors started their careers as apprentices with Clark Contracts themselves and have progressed over the years to become site managers responsible for managing construction projects up to £10m in value.
At the end of each academic year, our apprentices are required to complete a skills test which is designed to test the specific skills they have developed each year. The test is designed and supervised by Academy Manager, David Cooper and must be successfully completed and passed to allow the apprentices to progress to the next year.
Our apprentices that show potential and have ambition to progress are continually developed upon completion of their apprenticeship. There are opportunities for further education including HNC, HND and degree courses at college and university with potential for progression into positions such as Trades Supervision, Site Management and Contracts Management.
Craig – Contracts Manager
Craig started his career as an apprentice Joiner at Clark Contracts. He then progressed to Site Supervisor, then Site Manager and he is now a Contracts Manager within our Small Works Division responsible for refurbishment and new build projects ranging in value from £50k to £1m.
“I have learned so much from my time at Clark Contracts and I am grateful for the training and development I have experienced and I look forward to continuing to progress. I am enjoying my role as a mentor too, giving advice to new apprentices who are starting out the same way I did”.