Planning Manager

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Seb B – K10


Seb B. I’m the Planning Manager for K10.


We are a national apprenticeship service and we deliver an apprenticeship framework in construction. We work with young people, primarily between the ages of 18 to 24 so we help young people get their first foothold onto a ladder in a career in construction.


We look for people that are really keen to gain access to a career in construction. You know really we’re looking for candidates that have a certain of what we call job readiness, so we’re really looking for young people that are really committed and willing to work, because ultimately the employers who we want to get into work at the end of their apprenticeship, you know they want people that are willing to work hard.


Construction as an industry, it’s very difficult to host young people under the age of 18 on a construction site because of the health and safety implications, so ideally the young people that we look for as part of our programme have perhaps already done a level 1 related course, maybe at a college or another training provider, so they already have that element of experience.


At K10 we deliver 7 core frameworks on our apprenticeship programme and that is construction operations, we offer traditional mechanical and electrical apprenticeship frameworks. A painting and decorating frameworks and the framework in business administration and really as part of our framework you’ll generally spend 4 days a week on a construction site and then a day a week at college and I think it’s really, really important that young people continue to see the importance of that college, because ultimately to gain your full qualification you will have to pass the academic element of the framework as much as you’ll have to pass the practical elements on site.


So when I was at school I wasn’t the most academic of pupils I think it’s fair to say. I was very interested in sports, I was very interested in socialising with my friends and really at school I didn’t have any idea about what I wanted to do, no career really grabbed me at any point and said look this is what I want to do, this is what I want to be. A lot of my friends applied to go to university when they were at school I didn’t, I left school and I actually went to work for my local supermarket. And really what that showed me is that if I wanted to achieve anything career wise then I had to apply myself, I then made the decision having worked at my local supermarket that I would go to University.


I studied town planning at University. Didn’t really have an idea about what a Town Planning Degree might mean in terms of a career, to be honest with you. In my last year at University I had the opportunity to go and work for Transport for London and again I learnt a lot more whilst at work for Transport for London about how to apply myself and how really that if I wanted to be rewarded in my career and I wanted to progress in my career then I would have to apply myself and essentially the business work to me didn’t seem to take any passengers.


Our advice for young people when they’re looking to get into employment is to actively use their time in a meaningful way to support them getting into a job and really it’s using that time to volunteer, maybe in the sectors that you think you might want to go and work in and all of that can help demonstrate to potential employers that you’re a committed, hardworking, individual who will support any company’s values and objectives.


End of Seb B


Seb works for K-10, an apprenticeship training provider in the construction industry. He is looking for candidates that are committed and ready to work, with a level 1 related course. When Seb was at school he loved sports and socialising. He decided not to go to university initially but went after on to uni to study town planning after a period of working. He feels that his experience in work has given him more benefits than going to university.

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