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Built to Last: Apprenticeships

In these blogs, we often talk about Built to Last as a philosophy, an engineering achievement, or even a manufacturing process. But, behind each of these examples are dedicated, brilliant teams of people bringing the principles of Built to Last to life in every aspect of the company through hard work, dedication and innovation.

As a result, we believe that our company can only be as great as the people it employs. Just as we pride ourselves on our products and services being of outstanding quality, reliable and built for longevity, we aim to build relationships with our employees on the same principles. We’ve found that one of the key building blocks in creating working relationships that are ‘Built to Last’ is cultivating a strong apprenticeship programme that fosters loyalty, ambition and talent in those who sign up.


Brunel and ‘Built to Last’.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in Portsmouth at the turn of the 18th century, into a country on the cusp of a full scale industrial revolution that would dramatically and irreversibly shape the course of modern British history.

In an era where the engineering profession was exploding, with great new railways, bridges and canals springing up across Britain to provide the infrastructure to a burgeoning manufacturing industry, Brunel could easily have become another worthy but obscure engineer, working diligently on any of the thousands of enormous engineering projects across the country. Instead, he became a towering figure in history of the industrial revolution, recently voted the second greatest Briton of all time.

Brunel’s lasting legacy to the industrial landscape of Britain is bound up with values and ideals that epitomise his engineering and design work. Some of the engineering feats that make up the Great Western Railway, like the Box Tunnel and the Ivybridge viaduct, are quite simply outstanding feats of precision engineering, designed and built with such care that they are still in use today. At the core of these feats of engineering is an awareness that each element must be built to last, that their utility and durability must span centuries, rather than decades. Brunel’s astounding engineering foresight, found in almost every aspect of the Great Western Railway’s construction, is a key part of what makes it such an enduring engineering landmark. (more…)