Three civil engineering apprentices will work on two major road projects on behalf of Carillion.
The company has recruited the apprentices as part of a new programme designed to give young people a route into the profession which is an alternative to university.
The apprentices are the first the company has recruited in England and will gain a mix of classroom based study and practical experience.
They will work on the £28 million Finningley and Rossington regeneration route Sscheme, which will provide 6km of road from junction 3 of the M18 to Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster and the Tinsley link scheme in Sheffield.
The three apprentices are: Jaden Waugh 17, of Harworth, Doncaster, Jack Robinson 17 of Barnsley and Jake Wileman 18, from South Elmsall.
Waugh, a former student at Serlby Park Academy and Doncaster College said: “I was bitten by the civil engineering bug when I was 11 and visited a civil engineering company with school and got to see all the things they did. I had started a business economics course at college and then planned to gain an engineering qualification before going to university to study civil engineering. Half way through the business course I began to think about an apprenticeship and was delighted to be accepted by Carillion. I hope that this career will enable me to travel and work in different places.”
Carillion area director for civil engineering, Lee Tinkler, added: “The construction industry offers a range of great careers and will be creating thousands of jobs over the next few years. Offering young people different routes into the industry is important and something which Carillion promotes though its extensive apprenticeship programme.
The apprentices will work towards a level 2/3 technical apprenticeship in civil engineering and will gain experience in all aspects of construction including surveying, site setting out, quantity surveying, planning and office management.
The initial apprenticeship programme lasts for 30 months and will offer apprentices the opportunity to continue their education to achieve a degree level qualification.
Pictured from left to right: Michael Widdicks (project manager-FARRRS), Jaden Waugh, Jake Wileman and Jack Robinson