Andy Carter, Contracts Manager, EE Smith Contracts, London

EE Smith Contracts have been working closely with West London College since September 2017, recruiting 9 apprentice carpenters from our Level 1 Carpentry students.

Andy Carter, EE Smith Contracts Manager is responsible for apprentices on site. He manages numerous projects and is involved in programming & planning, procurement, health & safety and design development. Andy described what the company is trying to achieve with the apprenticeship programme, he said:

We have a long-established apprenticeship scheme based in Leicester and we wanted to do the same in London. We worked with Noel Hall, Carpentry Tutor at Park Royal College to recruit from his level 1 students, as he was able to identify the learners that not only have the aptitude to progress onto levels 2 & 3 but who were hungry for the opportunity to get working in the industry.

“Supporting the apprentices at times is very trying but something I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to watch them grow and mature. By feeding the business from the bottom with young people and investing both time and money to develop their skills in-house, we help build the next generation that will take the company forward and give all apprentices a great start in life.

The apprenticeship scheme is a long term plan, looking to take around 10 apprentices per year, over the next five to ten years EE Smith will have trained around 100 homegrown carpenters and joiners.

EE Smith Contracts founded in 1897 is one of the UK’s leading specialist interior fit-out contractors with an in house joinery facility. The company operates in a variety of sectors, from prestige hotels to commercial interiors and luxury residences, based in London EE Smith has expanded its business to the international arena.

EE Smith Contracts is also one of the UK’s leaders in training apprentice joiners and cabinet makers, they take on new applicants every year to help build the next generation interior fit-out professionals.

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