Becoming a Mears apprentice
Many of our most senior people started their working life as apprentices. In recent years Mears has extended apprenticeships opportunities beyond the traditional trades and into areas such as customer service and business and administration. Investing our time and money into apprentices creates a pool of future employees who are trained to work in the Mears way.
Apprenticeships offer an opportunity to gain both practical, experience and theoretical, college-based training. An apprenticeship leads to a formal and recognised qualification. Mears currently has 339 apprentices, spread out in a range of region-specific schemes. Mears always tries to find all of our graduates a job, if work is available.
By offering local people a first step on the career ladder, we demonstrate our commitment to improving neighbourhoods and improving lives, and to developing the next generation of our workforce to the very highest standards we can.
What does an apprenticeship with Mears involve?
Apprentices usually embark upon a two-year course. Apprentices work with mentors, who guide them throughout their apprenticeship.
In general, apprentices spend three or four days working at Mears and one or two days a week at a college to learn the theoretical side of their trade. The apprentices follow multitrade schemes or specific schemes such as carpentry or electrician skills. The apprenticeship leads to a formal and transferable, recognised qualification.
Mears also offer apprenticeships in administration for those individuals looking for office based experience. There are also plans to expand the scope of apprenticeships by introducing schemes within the care business.
"I was an administrator but always wanted to learn a trade. When the opportunity for a plumbing apprenticeship came up I put myself forward. It was the best thing I have ever done. An apprenticeship is a great way for people to learn new skills and get first hand experience."
Gemma, former Mears Apprentice, now qualified plumber
How to Apply?
Apply here to become a Mears apprentice