Highways offers permanent opportunity to Kickstart trainee

Topic People

Date 18 Oct 2021

Trainee Site Engineer, Najath Raffeek, has become the first person in Galliford Try’s Highways business to convert his Kickstart work placement into a permanent appointment.

Najath joined the team at the Ashton Green project for six-month placement in June, coming to the business through the Government’s Kickstart scheme. The programme aims to work with employers to provide work placements to young people aged 16 to 24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment with a view to them gaining experience in the workplace and developing the skills necessary for them to secure longer term employment and career opportunities.

During Najath’s time with Galliford Try Highways, he was able to make such a great impression on his colleagues that he was offered a permanent role with the business - three months ahead of the six-month programme completion date.

Liz Bell, Operations Director for Galliford Try Highways, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a full-time permanent position to Najeth. He has made a great impression with his colleagues in the time he has been with us, and I have been really impressed by his enthusiasm and passion to learn new skills.

“He is certainly making the most of his placement with us and I have no doubt that he will continue to be an asset to our business and develop his career with Galliford Try in the future.”

Najath added: “I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to start my engineering career with Galliford Try.  When I first joined, everyone on site was extremely friendly and welcoming which meant I was able to settle in pretty quickly.

“In the time that I have been here I have learnt so much about engineering and that is mainly due to the team around me, who are always eager to teach me about the role.  Working in Highways has been a great experience, working in a team that always take a proactive approach, and I am looking forward to what’s ahead in my Galliford Try career.”

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