As part of our commitment to supporting apprenticeships, Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services Transport Division, is sponsoring the 2023 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards were introduced in 2017 by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to celebrate the achievements of the county’s apprentices and recognise the contribution they make to Oxfordshire’s economy and skills landscape.

Apprentices play an important role within Milestone Infrastructure’s Oxfordshire Highways contract team and following the success of apprentice Anna Carver, in last year’s awards, Milestone Infrastructure decided to sponsor the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award.

Entries close on 17 February 2023. The awards ceremony will be held in May 2023 at the prestigious Williams F1 Conference Centre.

Milestone Infrastructure currently has 16 apprentices on the Oxfordshire Highways contract, at various levels from highway operatives to trainee civil engineers.

As well as being part of the M Group Services Apprenticeship Development Programme, all apprentices are assigned a mentor; a more experienced engineer who works with the apprentice to guide and support them in their development. Civil Engineering apprentices are enrolled onto the Institution of Civil Engineers Company Training Scheme, which is overseen by a Supervising Civil Engineer. This commits the business to provide the necessary skills and attributes to allow them to become Incorporated Engineers over the course of their five to six-year degree apprenticeship.

Our civil engineering apprentices rotate around different design, infrastructure, operations and commercial teams within the contract, allowing them to develop their skills and experience, as well as contributing to knowledge sharing and digital innovation throughout the contract.

They also participate in a local Milestone Infrastructure Graduate and Trainee Forum, a peer led group for people to share knowledge and support each other in their training. Activities include presentations, discussions, site visits, talks from senior managers and outside speakers.

We encourage our apprentices to get involved in social value activities. This includes attending local schools and colleges as part of our commitment to Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This encourages students to consider a career in infrastructure and helps our apprentices with their own development. Recent activities have included career fairs, mock interviews and challenging stereotypes events to break down barriers for all traditionally male-dominated sectors such as infrastructure

Two of our apprentices have recently joined OxLEP’s Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme to participate in local events promoting apprenticeships.

If you know of anyone looking for a first step in their career in infrastructure services, Milestone Infrastructure’s apprenticeship vacancies, including Oxfordshire, are now live on our website.

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