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Galliford Try’s Callum Finch is Industrial Cadet of the Year

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 @ 03:51

Callum Finch, a Higher Engineering Apprentice with Galliford Try, has been awarded the title of Industrial Cadet of the Year at the national Industrial Cadet Awards following a work placement with the Highways business. The award, sponsored by global healthcare company GSK, rewards a cadet who has not only made a success of their experience and involvement but has given something back to the employer and school or college.

Callum became the first Industrial Cadet at Galliford Try after approaching the company for work experience. He made a significant impression with his ability to take on board detailed information on engineering, design, planning commercial, environment etc. during his 50 hours with the team at the Tollbar End junction improvement scheme near Coventry.

Industrial Cadets is a workplace experience accreditation which is increasingly being used by companies across the country to accredit their activities with young people from their local communities. Held on 2 March, the inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards ceremony was attended by the leaders of many of the UK’s top industrial companies. HRH The Prince of Wales and astronaut Tim Peake also contributed to proceedings.

Callum, as part of his project with Galliford Try, completed a theoretical bridge-building project which he presented to the site team and others. All agreed that it was a working proposition, a significant achievement for someone who had been working with the team for such a short time.

Having gained his Gold Level award Callum returned to his A level studies and then considered his best options for a civil engineering career. He was successful in his application for a Higher Apprenticeship with Galliford Try from which he will graduate as a degree qualified civil engineer.

He said: “I had been interested in the construction industry but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Taking part in Industrial Cadets enabled me to understand the business and the career opportunities involved. After that I knew I wanted to work in civil engineering. Undertaking the work placement also made me realise that I wanted to learn about the profession in a practical environment rather than at university. A strong part of industrial Cadets is that it allows you to consider less well known routes into a career which may suit you better.”

Karen Geoghegan, Senior HR Business Partner for Galliford Try, said: “We're enormously proud that Callum has won this award. It is testament to all the hard work he has put into his placement and subsequent employment with Galliford Try. He is a real role model for the industry and his story so far demonstrates the challenges, opportunities and satisfactions that can stem from being an Industrial Cadet as well as a career in civil engineering. We plan to extend our involvement with the scheme throughout our infrastructure division nationwide."

Callum in pictured with Helen Nurrish, Galliford Try Skills Academy Coordinator, who was a finalistst in the Changemaker of the Year category and also guided Callum through with placement.