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Supporting our Staff through Apprenticeships & Career Development

Apprenticeships are a highly valued entry route into construction and offer the chance to work on the job alongside experienced staff combining practical and academic learning.  As such PDR is fully committed to offering apprenticeship schemes and has a rolling year-on-year apprentice strategy.

We also like to celebrate our colleagues’ successes.  One such success being Dan Craft.

Dan began his career at PDR as an apprentice estimator.  Finding his passion for operational delivery, he is now one of PDR’s Assistant Contracts Managers and has gained a First- Class Honours Degree in Construction Management, that PDR sponsored him through.

Here Dan tells us a little bit about himself and his career choice.

When did you start working for PDR? – August 2014

How many years have you been studying?  – Nearly 7 Years!

What positions have you held? – I began on an Apprenticeship scheme working in various departments including Estimating, Defects and Aftercare before heading to the project delivery side of the Business.

Did you always want to go into construction? – No, not growing up.  When I left school I went to Bishop Burton College to study Public Services as I wanted to join the Police or Army, but when the recession hit half way through the course Police numbers where cut.  I wanted a career so I was applying for jobs when a friend mentioned that PDR were looking for Apprentices.  I went for the interview and got the job. Here I am 7 years down the line.

What’s the best thing about your job? – Working on a project that you see from the ground to completion.  Seeing the project hand over at the end is very satisfying.

Favourite project and why? – Enjoyed working on Porsche Hull, one of the projects I was on from start to finish and enjoyed the attention to detail required due to the high specification of a top end car dealership.  I also enjoyed Braintree as for the last month or so of the job I managed it on my own and received praise from the Client and the Tenant, which is always nice.

Where did you study for your Degree? – I did an Open University course via Hull College, whilst working fulltime.  2 years BTEC Level 3, 2 years HNC (East Riding College) 1 year HND (Hull College) 18 months Degree top up (Hull College)

Any words of wisdom anyone considering an Apprenticeship in Construction? – Apprenticeships/Internships are the way forward, college courses do teach you a lot but there’s no substitute for putting things into practice in a real work environment.

I didn’t really apply myself at school, but with my studies whilst being at PDR I think it’s helped that I’ve found something I find interesting and applied myself.

Also, the fact PDR funded my studies pushed me to aim for a better grade rather than aiming to simply pass the course.


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