Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2024

Feb 2, 2024

National Apprentice Week 2024 runs from 5-11 February and aims to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is ‘Skills for Life’, encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

NY Highways are dedicated to investing in the future workforce, taking on over 20 apprentices since we launched in 2021. A new cohort began in September 2023, bringing the percentage of apprentices in NY Highways to over 10% of our core workforce.

Ben and Kevin are two of our Year 2 apprentices who have excelled since joining NY Highways on apprenticeships:

Ben Haase

Ben is an apprentice in the Boroughbridge area, mainly on minor works but has now been introduced to major works to help him to improve his knowledge and experience.

He has shown he is a great team player during his apprenticeship so far, demonstrating that he wants to learn as much as possible, will help anyone at any time of the day, and has proved himself to be punctual and adaptable.

Ben has also assisted with recruitment, attending events at a secondary school and at an apprentice recruitment day, taking the time to speak and give advice to potential applicants about his journey and experience at NY Highways so far.

His manager, Ashley Beecroft, praised his work ethic. He said: “Ben is proving himself as an asset to the company, he always wants to get involved as much as

Kevin Gordon

Based from our Kirby Misperton depot, Kevin Gordon has excelled in every task he has been given throughout his first year. He is always first to offer his assistance with any task and his attitude towards any task is always positive, whatever the weather.

Kevin has taken on a more senior role with the guidance of his manager and his ganger on site. Tasks include setting up site, running through method statements, making sure all relevant paperwork and tablet compliance is completed.

He is always punctual and is usually one of the first to be ready for work at 07:30. His contribution and his work ethic has pushed forward most of the schemes he has worked on, helping the business to beat many deadlines.

Kevin’s manager, Wayne Jordan, says he is a pleasure to manage and mentor. He added: “Since he began his apprenticeship with NY Highways, Kevin has shown he is eager to work and eager to learn, setting a high bar for other apprentices and new starters.”