Apprenticeships prove a huge benefit for Hampshire waste management company

13 February 2020 by CSG

Apprentice Callum Healey

One of Hampshire’s leading waste management companies has praised the role of apprenticeships in giving young people a viable alternative to university that can lead to a successful career. As part of National Apprenticeship Week (February 3-7) national company CSG, which has its headquarters in Fareham, has spoken about the value that apprentices bring to their company. The group has an extensive programme to train young people with a view to them building successful, long-term careers as valued team members.

Dave Gailor, CSG Group Operations Manager, said they had seen success in the South East region., adding: “What we have tried to engender is a team spirit, work ethic and customer service level that ensures an excellent customer journey while also boosting morale which leads to a happy workforce and service longevity.

“Apprentices are an important part of that process. With an apprentice, you get a raw talent waiting to express itself and if we can capture that and nurture it, we can develop a confident and self-motivated individual who will share CSG’s beliefs and values.

“More often than not, you can see immediately an individual who has a passion and flair for their role that you can develop as part of our dedicated team.

“I believe if we let the apprentice be themselves, whilst working closely with them. They will pick up on CSG ethos and values which is a huge advantage, not only for CSG but more importantly for our customers as well.”

One such success story is Callum Healey, 23, from Southampton, who joined CSG as an apprentice in 2015, and is based at Head Office in Fareham.

Callum, who currently works as a maintenance and repair engineer, said: “I looked at options available to me after studying at college, including university, but I decided an apprenticeship was more appealing to me as I am a more practical and hands-on learner. Being able to study and learn on the job whilst earning was also desirable.

“I completed my apprenticeship in February 2019 and the qualification I gained is an advanced apprenticeship in engineering maintenance in the science, engineering and manufacturing technologies. I aim to continue expanding my knowledge and skills and keep training to develop my career further. Eventually, I hope to progress into a senior/ lead engineer role.

“I have been given great support throughout my apprenticeship and development at CSG. There has always been good communication between colleagues and management that creates a great support network when learning and working within the team. There has been lots of opportunity for development through training courses and in-house training, so I am really looking forward to what the future brings.”