Apprenticeship spotlight: GKR Scaffolding

Apprenticeships are the way forward for younger generations, or for anyone looking to start a career in construction.

Our apprenticeship scheme allows individuals to gain all the skills, experience and qualifications required to become a fully qualified scaffolder working on some of London’s most iconic projects.

We spoke with one of our apprentices, Ben, to get a glimpse of his GKR Apprenticeship experience… 

When did you join GKR?

I joined GKR on the 08/03/2021 so I’ve been here almost 2 years.

Why did you join GKR?

Prior to working for GKR I was on new build sites in Essex scaffolding houses. The main reason I decided to move is because I wanted to learn more intricate types of scaffolding and I felt that this was the place to do it. 

What stage of your apprenticeship are you?

I start my 2C on the 6th of March, so I am coming up to the end of my apprenticeship.

What does your apprenticeship look like e.g., training with simian, portfolios, training etc?

Every 3 months I attend a 2-week block at LASC with Simian. I will have attended 6 blocks in total: Introduction, Part 1A, Part 1B, Part 2A, Part 2B, Part 2C. During these blocks you are given a mixture of practical and theory lessons to progress you to a good standard for where you need to be for each level. During the 3 months between blocks, I was given plenty of chances to practice as well as fill out my on-the-job workbook to prove I’d been given opportunities to practice. I started my apprenticeship in October 2021 and I’m due to finish in March 2023 so about a year and a half in total to become fully qualified which is great.

What training have you achieved?

The training slowly progresses as you work through the course. To begin with we were taught the fundamentals of scaffolding as well as getting the ball rolling on the theory. We then started practical lessons where we were first taught how to base out and advanced into more detailed drawings with beams and cantilevers by the end of the course.

What qualifications have you gained?

I have currently got my Part 1 ticket through the apprenticeship as well as a PASMA ticket. I am currently on track to get my Part 2 ticket at the end of March, so I have been on the scheme for almost a year and a half.

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship scheme?

The apprenticeship scheme is a great way to get your qualifications. You are essentially paid a good day rate to learn a sustainable trade whilst being offered good career progression and a chance to get some qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to young people?

I think the apprenticeship route is great for young people as the mixture of training and on job experience fast tracks you into your career.

What’s your favourite part of your apprenticeship?

I’ve met some really good mates at college who have now joined GKR from other scaffolding companies. I’ve also been taught a trade which has great job security all whilst being paid.

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