T-level placement leads to permanent position for Oliver Mills

Topic People, Early Careers

Date 14 Jun 2024

Oliver Mills has become the latest student to benefit from a T-level placement with Galliford Try, leading to a Construction Trainee position with the Building North East and Yorkshire business unit.

T-Levels are a new qualification, equivalent to three A Levels, which give a mixture of classroom and practical learning, including work placements within a construction environment of at least 45 days. 

Oliver recently graduated from Wakefield College where he studied a T-level in Design, Surveying, and Planning. During this time, he spent one day a week with Galliford Try at the Yorkshire office, working with the design team at the net zero in operation Greenhead College project and this year, has supported the preconstruction team on the Leeds Urban Village bid. 

Oliver commented: “It has been an honour to be offered a full-time position at Galliford Try and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the business.

“The time that I have spent here during my placement has helped me gain further industry knowledge that has helped me with my college work. My experience at Greenhead College helped me understand processes that aren’t learnt in a classroom and by working with various roles within the industry, I was able to gain an understanding of how everyone fits into a project.

“I have just finished my first week as a full-time employee at Galliford Try and I have really enjoyed it. I look forward to getting involved with new projects in the future, as well as learning from new people.”

Rebecca Caunce, Social Responsibility Manager at Building North East and Yorkshire, added: “The T-level targets on all Department for Education schemes allows us to identify stand-out students and bring them into our early careers offer, strengthening Galliford Try.

“Oliver has been an exemplary student since starting his placement with us in February 2023. He’s benefited from working with various members of the design team on a range of projects, learning ‘hands on’ alongside his studies. He is predicted to get an outstanding grade when he receives his exam results this summer.”

He will soon enroll on a part-time degree at Leeds Beckett University to pursue his interest in design and further strengthen his skills, while also learning in a practical setting with Galliford Try.