It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2023, with the theme this year focusing on developing ‘skills for life’ – and at Checkmate, that’s exactly what we want to do.
Celebrating the thirst apprentices adopt to forge a career for themselves, coupled with new regulations supporting the growth of the fire safety industry, we think this area of construction is exactly where new trainees should want to be…
Meeting New Regulations
With the implementation of the new Fire Safety (England) Regulations, focus on ensuring our built environment is compliant is at an all-time high – and that’s why we are keen to bring new and fresh insight into our industry. And what better way to do this, than by training up the next generation of industry front-runners?!
In fact, following on from these new regulations – alongside more businesses adopting Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘common-sense approach’ - the global passive fire protection market is predicted to grow from $4bn in 2021 to $5.4bn dollars by 2028 (according to Fortune Business Insights). This means that for those passionate individuals who are looking to gain skills for life, the fire safety industry is one of the hottest choices around (excuse the pun, we can’t help it).
Since the implementation of this customised course in 2019, we have had over 20 trainees join the programme, with 11 of them already progressing on to the next stage of their career at Checkmate. These roles now include fire protection technicians (levels 1 and 2), site supervisors, and surveyors! Providing all trainees with a solid foundation of industry knowledge and expertise, this course can be the steppingstone to any relevant career within fire protection…
Introducing the Checkmate Academy
In addition to our bespoke, 2 year trainee course, Checkmate is also committed to facilitating the continuous improvement of our people.
We are so thrilled with the launch of the new Checkmate Academy. Ensuring the continued competency of our workforce, along with creating new jobs across the country, this is a brilliant investment in the next generation and the future of our industry.
Keep your eyes out for more information, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to find out more about joining Checkmate – as a trainee, or just to further your career.
Celebrating Women in Construction Through Checkmate’s Newest Managers
Following both ‘International Women’s Day’ and ‘Women in Construction Week’ last month, we decided to catch up with 2 of our newest team-mates; Contracts Manager, Sarah Robertson, and Checkmate’s first ever female Site Supervisor, Charlene Clarke.
Trainee Scheme a Massive Success for Checkmate!
Already an incredible success, the initial goal was to have 12 trainees committed to the scheme by November, however, that figure was quickly exceeded, with 17 trainees having signed up.
Investing in Our People
Continuing to invest in the training and development of our colleagues, we’re delighted to finish 2021 in style – with a veritable bouquet of new qualifications and accreditations!