We recently caught up with Keith Elliott on location at one of his newly completed projects (a to-die-for kitchen extension in Yelverton) to talk about apprenticeships and how they benefit the construction industry.
“Our business is focused on customer service and satisfaction, we are specialists in construction solutions across all projects, from house builds through to extensions, bathrooms and kitchens.
I followed my father into the construction industry, setting up my own company when I was 21, as my business grew, I took on my first assistant. It was then that I first looked into apprenticeships, so I could provide formal qualifications for my employee, I heard about Skills Group, got in touch and the rest is history”.
Over the past 12 years, Keith Elliott Construction has employed and trained over 17 apprentices, providing quality on-the-job training via a team of industry experts. Keith comments: “It’s a massive benefit for an apprentice to gain experience by shadowing a professional, they can and do ask a lot of questions, equipping them to one day become the expert on site”.
The construction industry is growing all the time, in the last four years there has been a five-fold increase in the number of homeowners choosing to remain in their property and carry out home improvements rather than moving on. Keith commented: “Apprentices are a massive benefit to the construction industry, it is growing all the time and is an attractive industry to join. We carry out a wide range of projects providing great learning opportunities”.
Looking at the fantastic finish of the kitchen extension we visited, it is no wonder Keith’s construction company is in high demand and has a constant stream of apprentices. His commitment to design, detail and finish is apparent in all of his projects.