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FARNHAM: 01252 711911

GRAVESEND: 01474 331164

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Carving out a career in construction

Did you know that nearly two million people are employed in the UK construction industry? From this workforce, more than 35% run their own company, which makes this business a particularly attractive prospect if you're thinking about starting your career or even considering a career change.

The opportunities open to you are limitless if you have the determination to succeed and you're prepared to work hard. The range of different roles available means you can choose the occupation that suits your skills and interests, from groundworks and civil engineering to services to the industry. Rudridge is a service provider, delivering a vast range of construction materials.

For those who are still unconvinced, the current directive from the government to boost residential construction is set to create a boom in jobs over the next few years – so it's an industry that will carry on thriving despite the cautious economic climate. The best entry into construction is through an apprenticeship scheme, with one in five employers now hiring this way. 

Getting the best start

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to train whilst still learning on the job and being paid for it. As you become more experienced and qualified, your income increases. For companies looking to increase their workforce, grants are available from the government or the Construction Industry Training Board to meet the costs of providing apprenticeships schemes.

A worthwhile career

The rewards of working in this sector are varied, but here at Rudridge we value the sense of camaraderie amongst our staff, customers and suppliers. People make our business great. We also understand that when individuals realise their full potential, everyone benefits. That's why we're committed to training and recognising the achievements of our staff, which in turn means we can deliver a first-class service to our customers. For those embarking upon a job with us, we want to give them the best possible start, so they can enjoy a fulfilling, challenging and rewarding career.

Our apprenticeships

As part of the Travis Perkins Group, we provide a 'Learn and Earn' Apprenticeship Programme (LEAP) so that whatever your passion you can gain the training and expertise to develop the skills required. The programme isn't just for entry level roles, with courses for senior leadership within different areas of the business, from Warehousing to HR and Finance.

Rudridge employee Alice Asser is a Management Apprentice at our Gravesend branch, studying for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Management. As she approaches the end of her two-year course, Alice comments:

"The course contains ten modules each academic year, which is completed through a combination of coursework and learning on the job. I've been able to study subjects like Sales, Transport and HR, which overall provide a good understanding of the business. 

As everything is done on the job, it's a great way to learn. You soon work out a routine and it's easy to keep on track. The course also means you get to meet up with other apprentices across the group, so you make lots of contacts."

Life at Rudridge

When it comes to continuing to motivate our team, we recognise commitment through our long service awards, for employees who have shown their dedication over 5, 10, 15 and even 20 years! We also think it's important to involve everyone in the bigger picture, so they understand the vital contribution they're making, which means coming to work with us is a rewarding experience.

We're always on the lookout for new talent, so get in touch if you're hoping to kick-start your career in construction. 

FARNHAM: 01252 711911

GRAVESEND: 01474 331164

BRENTFORD: 0208 569 8888

HORSHAM: 01403 892800