In a world where we will all seem to travel at a rate of knots and technology is king, it’s a refreshing change to see traditional skills being used daily in our masonry workshop, by young people who have taken the apprenticeship path and are helping to keep traditional skills very much alive.
With the resurrection of apprenticeship schemes, companies like ours are able to help a young person achieve skills for life – skills that are respected and admired throughout the world. They can work alongside experienced staff, earn a wage and study.
Over the years, Lovell Stone Group has employed apprentice’s, one of which has won a masonry competition at an international level, and has been able to grow with the business and develop skills and knowledge by as an example, achieving CAD qualifications via evening classes.
All of our apprentices start with the basics and with support and training, have mastered what can sometimes be an intricate and specialist skill – helping them to forge a career that will see them through to retirement. So, not only are they flying the flag for centuries old traditional skills but they are supporting their local economy and showing other young people, at the start of their career, what’s possible.
It’s important to take a long term view. Apprentices aren’t a quick fix but should be there to work within your business for years to come, developing their skills and knowledge, making a difference now and in the future and so it seems to be a win/ win situation.
So, as much as our apprentices are helping to ensure specialist skills like architectural masonry don’t wither and die, we are taking a traditional view that to enable a young person to achieve what can seem like the impossible, is helping them, us, our customers and our industry.