It’s National Apprentice Week and we’re celebrating the apprentices up and down the country working in the construction industry. At MKM we offer apprenticeships in both our branches and our central support centre with roles ranging from Yard Operative to Credit Control.
Gavyn King is a Yard Sales Operative at MKM Chelmsford, we asked him why he chose an apprenticeship and what it’s like being an apprentice at MKM. We also spoke to Branch Director Steve Carvell on the benefits of having an apprentice working in the branch.
What made you want to do an apprenticeship?
My brother Jayce also completed an apprenticeship at MKM and I wanted to work in an environment where I can grow in knowledge and start a career.
What does a typical day involve as a Yard Sales Operative apprentice at MKM Chelmsford?
A typical day involves picking loads for deliveries, serving customers and unloading supplier vehicles. All whilst trying to increase my product knowledge and learn new skills.
What’s the best thing about being an apprentice?
I get to constantly increase my knowledge in many areas from supplier reps give training on specific products, to first aid and then all the skills from my apprenticeship.
What advice would you give to other young people considering an apprenticeship in the construction industry?
In this industry hard work pays off so take all the opportunities that are sent your way and work hard for your goals.
Where would you like to be in the future and how do you think an apprenticeship will benefit you in getting there?
I would like to continue progressing through MKM, and we are a branch on the up. By completing this apprenticeship it is a step in that direction and shows I am committed and adaptable.
Steve Carvell, Branch Director at MKM Chelmsford believes apprentices can be a huge asset to the business.
How has having an apprentice in the team benefitted you and the business?
We have had several apprentices over the years, and they now all form a key part of our team. You get a blank sheet of paper and can mould these often young men and women into how we want a member of staff to be. At our branch the service we give to our customers is everything so apprentices have played a major part in offering that.
How has Gavyn developed since he started his apprenticeship with you?
Since Gavyn has joined us he has undoubtedly become more confident in himself, and he now knows he is an important member of the team. And that by him going the extra mile it can benefit not just himself but the branch as a whole. He has a great ‘can do’ attitude and I believe that is key to his success up to now and the further successes he can have in the future.
What would be your advice or recommendations to other businesses considering taking on an apprentice?
With an apprentice you get out what you put in, be prepared to work with someone that might not know the industry or products, but as long as they have the right attitude towards work and people they can develop into key performers in your branch. From our experience the more time and training we have given our apprentices the faster they have progressed.