CADS develops skills of future generation with apprenticeship scheme

CADS Press room
CADSLife Insight by CADS Media team 06/02/2024

As the UK marks National Apprenticeship Week from 5 – 11 February 2024, retail space planning and surveying expert CADS is celebrating the successes of the award-winning young workforce enrolled on its apprenticeship scheme – and adding two new recruits to the team.

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CADS' award winning apprentice Emily Klumper

Investing in the next generation

The government-run National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact and achievements of apprentices around the country.

Great Yarmouth-based CADS has been investing in training the next generation on the specialist services its highly-skilled team delivers for the retail and measured surveying industry.

Pictured above: Duncan Nash, Apprentice Development Manager at TrAC presenting CADS’ apprentice, Emily Klumper with an “Apprentice of the month” award.

Great Yarmouth-based business CADS develops skills of future generation with apprenticeship scheme

Six apprentices now employed at CADS

CADS’ apprenticeship scheme – launched in 2022 – now employs 6 young people – with two new apprentices already enrolled so far this year.

“We’re incredibly proud of the apprentices in our business. Our two newest Business Administrator apprentices – Axel and Callum – are already working closely with our retail team and being trained on AutoCAD. Another of our apprentices – Emily – recently won Apprentice of the Month with TrAC! It’s so rewarding to see how well they’re developing”

says Aaron Wright, Managing Director of CADS.

Multi-skilled learning

CADS’ skilled team provides retail space planning services and measured site surveys for clients across the UK and beyond. Its apprentices work on both sides of the business, learning a vast range of skills which will stand them in good stead throughout their careers.

On CADS’ retail team, apprentices work with household names in the retail industry. Alongside their studies, they learn how to use AutoCAD and plan and optimise store layouts using CADS’ innovative software, StoreSpace®.

With CADS’ measured survey team, apprentices learn practical geospatial surveying experience by working on-site of projects across the country – which also helps them develop a deeper understanding of the industry.

Great Yarmouth-based business CADS develops skills of future generation with apprenticeship scheme
Lilly Thompson of CADS

Developing new skills

“I’m really enjoying developing my skills with my apprenticeship at CADS. The practical experience and industry knowledge I’m gaining by working alongside the experienced CADS team is invaluable and will help me build my career going forward.”

says Lilly Thompson, Business Administrator apprentice at CADS.

It was in the autumn of 2022 that CADS set up its successful apprenticeship scheme to invest in the workforce of tomorrow.

However, this commitment to the young workforce has been important to CADS throughout its 40-year history. Back in 2018, CADS sponsored one of the UK’s first geospatial technician apprenticeships.

CADS’ new apprenticeship scheme

In the Autumn of 2022, CADS launched a new apprenticeship scheme to invest in the workforce of tomorrow. We welcomed two new starters, Lilly Thompson and Jack Prendergast to the company as Apprentice CAD Operators, based in the Great Yarmouth office.

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We’re proud to have been at the forefront of geospatial apprenticeships in the UK! It’s an ever-evolving industry, so it’s important to us to continue developing the skills of the future generation, particularly in analysing geospatial data using cutting edge digital technology.

Aaron Wright Managing Director

Skills for life

Aaron Wright, Director at CADS

“We’re proud to have been at the forefront of geospatial apprenticeships in the UK! It’s an ever-evolving industry, so it’s important to us to continue developing the skills of the future generation, particularly in analysing geospatial data using cutting edge digital technology”

adds Aaron.

CADS’ apprenticeship scheme is a rolling programme which recruits up to six apprentices each year. It focuses on providing apprentices with training on a wide range of skills, including software operation, data analysis and using surveying technology.

“The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Skills for Life’. The future of our industry lies with our young people – so equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive is vital”

concludes Aaron.