Cornish Concrete Products
Apprentices are helping to shape the future of a leading UK manufacturing and design firm.
Cornish Concrete Products (CCP) has been involved in series of high-profile construction projects across the country, including a development at Wembley Stadium and the feature walkway into London’s O2 Arena.
The award-winning company, based in Bissoe, near Truro, has also made bespoke precast concrete products for Pendennis Shipyard and Callywith College in Bodmin. CCP has a solid reputation based on 40 years’ experience, but senior staff say signing up to the Cornwall Apprenticeships scheme has been a vital tool in driving the business forward.
Andrea McDonald, Quality and Environmental Manager at CCP, said: “We’ve been working with apprentices for a couple of years now and during that time we’ve really recognised the strength that it brings to the business.
“It’s a keyway to strengthen not only your business but to bring that youth, those fresh ideas into your department.
“It’s hands-down one of the best things CCP has committed to in the past 12 months.”
CCP has a team of more than 100 employees working across its nine-acre site. The firm creates concrete products that are used in a wide range of architectural and structural developments.
There is an in-house design team, as well as state-of-the-art production facilities, including a carousel plant for the manufacture of architectural cladding, lift shafts, moulds for staircases, columns retaining walls and more.
Apprentices have been added to the mix to help boost the knowledge and skills needed to run such a large-scale operation.
Simon Lucas, CCP’s Contracts Director, said he would certainly encourage firms of all sizes to take on apprentices and help their business adapt and thrive.
“It brings so many different ideas to each individual business,” he said. “Apprentices look at techniques and materials a lot more differently from how we’re used to manufacturing products.”
Operation Manager Bradley Tresidder agrees. He said: “Apprentices open up the doors to knowledge and experience.”
Nate Burton is doing an apprenticeship as a steel fixer at CCP. He said it was a fantastic opportunity to earn while he learns the skills, he needs to kickstart his career.
“I love my apprenticeship,” he said. “I wanted to get into a trade where I can earn money. Hopefully I can further my skills in steel fixing and then maybe I’ll move onto something similar to this and develop further.”