Keller is launching a major drive to recruit more engineering apprentices as it gears up for the challenges of the future.

Some of Keller's current apprentices and trainees
Former Keller apprentice Lewis Cole
Former Keller apprentice Lewis Cole

With lots of major projects to tackle, 2022 and the years beyond promise to be busy and the company is looking to train the next generation of workers for its plant department.

“For many years at Keller, apprentices have played a key role in the ongoing success of our business,” said Mick Fagan, Workshop Facilities Manager, who looks after Keller’s apprentices.

“The blend of our extensive industry knowledge, coupled with enthusiastic and eager apprentices, has always proved an effective mix. Right now, it’s an exciting time to be an apprentice at Keller. We are the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor, and we need up and coming talent to be part of our future. What’s more, you will earn a wage as you kickstart your career.”

The company is currently advertising for a range of engineering apprentices across multiple disciplines such as Engineering Technician, Engineering Plant Maintenance, Electrical, Welding and Fabrication to join those apprentices already in the plant department.

The qualifications gained after successfully completing an apprenticeship typically range from NVQ level 3 through to HNC or beyond, dependent on eligibility and suitability.

Career path

The successful candidates will be offered a rewarding career path - one where further education is specifically tailored to support each individual’s apprenticeship, to enhance personal aspirations, and to underpin the future needs of the business.

“Keller has years of experience training apprentices and has built strong relationships with local and national learning providers,” said Mick.

“We put a lot of effort into this as working closely with them ensures we have ongoing support as well as the best possible overview into emerging relevant areas of learning.”

Being an apprentice at Keller means you will quickly become part of a friendly and supportive team where working and learning in a safe environment is paramount.

“At Keller we provide an ongoing commitment to development and training in order for you to achieve success,” said Mick. 

"Apprentices receive mentorship from highly skilled professionals with a wealth of experience while also developing specialist skills alongside valuable life skills.

“We encourage an environment in which apprentices’ ideas and suggestions to improve working practices are highly valued.

Because Keller is a global company, there is the possibility of apprentices gaining experience through training or on secondment in other parts of the organisation in Europe or worldwide.

After completing an apprenticeship at Keller, there are a wealth of opportunities to secure an exciting role in your chosen specialism.

Plant fitter Lewis Cole, aged 19, completed his apprenticeship in 2021 gaining his NVQ level 3 qualification in plant fitting and mechanics.

He joined Keller from school in 2018 after applying after seeing an apprentice vacancy online.

“It was a good experience doing an apprenticeship at Keller and I would recommend it,” he said.

“I learned a lot and it was great to get the chance to work on some of the bigger piling rigs and go out on site." He now hopes to further his career by going out to site more regularly to maintain the piling rigs and concrete mixers.

“If you’re disciplined, hard-working and willing to learn you will have a great time at Keller,” he said.

Learn more about apprenticeships at Keller.

Published on
8 Feb 2022