M Futures apprentices enjoyed a virtual celebration event to mark the successful completion of their HNC construction qualification.
Nine Level 4 Construction and Building Services Management learners, who are part of the M Futures programme, were invited to attend the exclusive online event with Total People representatives, employers and stakeholders to celebrate their achievements.
The M Futures scheme is an innovative partnership between Total People, Manchester City Council and leading construction, architecture and property companies including Bruntwood, Sisk, MACE and Purcell.
The two year scheme gives construction-focused, higher level apprentices the chance to gain industry-relevant experience in a number of areas including Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Architecture and Engineering. It has also enabled learners to work on large scale builds including the Our Town Hall project, a six year restoration of the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall.
The celebration event, held via the Microsoft Teams platform, saw learners welcomed by Kash Barlow, Operations Director at Total People, and Paul Candelent, Project Director at Manchester City Council. Guest speaker Rebecca Stone, Senior Architect at Purcell, praised all the hard work and achievements the apprentices that joined her this time had accomplished and each learner took part in a virtual ‘roll call’ as a way of recognising their hard work.
Kash Barlow, from Total People, said:
We are so proud of our Total People apprentices who have gained unrivalled industry experience on the M Futures programme and have developed in-demand sector skills while working with our partners.
“They have demonstrated real commitment to learning on the programme and I am thrilled to be able to recognise and celebrate their achievements through this virtual event.”
Peter Norris, Work and Skills Specialist, Growth and Development Directorate, from Manchester City Council, said: “I have been involved with M Futures on the Our Town Hall Project for around four years and have been consistently impressed by the achievements of our apprentices.
“Seeing them grow into their roles and progress into careers and higher education has been amazing and we're really pleased to have so many success stories coming from the scheme. We hope to provide many more opportunities for Manchester residents from 2021.”
Learner Kasim Ali said: “This qualification has given me a good insight into construction and it has been a good base from which I have expanded my knowledge and skills which I have been able to implement into my daily work.
“I’ve learned quite a lot which I am sure gives me a good footing to start my career in construction. I want to secure a position in a construction company and I’m happy to start at the bottom and show my worth to any new perspective employers.
I’d happily recommend Total People to others as any opportunities to gain experience, skills and qualifications is great and you also get a good wage.
Find out more about our wide range of construction apprenticeships.