This National Apprenticeship Week, discover how we're using apprenticeships at Saint-Gobain to train our colleagues in the skills needed for the future.
We were delighted to be recognised as a Global Top Employer once again in January for the sixth consecutive year. This accolade recognises excellence in a variety of areas, including the Saint-Gobain learning and development offer, which in the UK and Ireland is largely formed by the Saint-Gobain Apprenticeship Scheme.
At Saint-Gobain, we offer apprenticeships to our employees as a form of training and all of our colleagues, regardless of age, are eligible to enroll on an apprenticeship programme to learn new skills. Apprenticeships not only help our people and our business to grow, but they allow our colleagues to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for the future.
Each year in the UK, Saint-Gobain pays into the apprenticeship levy, a government fund from which we can withdraw funding to pay for apprenticeship training for our colleagues in England. Up to 25% of our levy can also be used to support our customers and businesses within our supply chain, to train apprentices and help their businesses to grow and flourish.
The apprenticeships we have on offer are far from just supporting those in traditional construction roles, we have a range of programmes available covering digital and IT, leadership and management, sales, customer service, and many other functions.
We are delighted to be able to offer the Saint-Gobain Apprenticeship Scheme to our colleagues to support them with the skills needed for the future. There is an increasing skills gap in the construction sector, and a combination of traditional and new skills are required, both for Saint-Gobain and for our customers, to support things like our transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to enable more sustainable buildings. By supporting our colleagues and customers through the apprenticeship levy we are further working towards our purpose of making the world a better home.
Mike Chaldecott, CEO Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland
To mark National Apprenticeship Week across Saint-Gobain, our colleagues are exploring the different apprenticeship programmes available to them and hearing from some of our current apprentices on what it's like to learn whilst on the job.
You can find out more about an apprenticeship from one of our apprentices themselves, Megan Marshall who joined Pasquill in 2019 as an Apprentice Designer at their Huddersfield branch. Find out more about Megan's day-to-day role, her advice for someone looking to start a career in design, and how Saint-Gobain has supported her to develop in her role in her career profile.
Discover more about learning and development at Saint-Gobain on our careers website.