In September 2015 nine apprentices joined the organisation across a wide range of disciplines from Joinery, plumbing, electrical and accounting. After a thorough induction, the successful candidates embark on an exciting 2 – 4 year programme. They will learn how to use a range of materials, tools and equipment as well as become an integral part of the team. The success of this scheme has proven extremely effective, starting from this level creates an extremely loyal work force. A clear example of this is their Building and Maintenance Manager Lee Wedgwood; Lee started with Meldrum as an apprentice joiner, working his way through college he progressed his career to become department manager and has worked with the company for over 8 years.
Meldrum partner with local schools to develop a work experience programme, giving pupils a chance to experience life in the industry. A two year work experience programme at St Thomas More School in Blaydon gave pupils a mentor from Meldrum and work on site in each half term and Easter holiday. Apprenticeships were offered to the pupils who had achieved the most on site and improved at school.
Former pupil and Meldrum apprentice Matthew Wilson’s first placement wasn’t too far from home as in his first year Meldrum were awarded the refurb and extension of his old school. Since the scheme, Meldrum have maintained the relationship with the school and have taken on pupils each year.
‘‘Going back to my old school to work for Meldrum felt odd but I really enjoyed seeing the changes we made. I attend college each week and have been given a mentor to work alongside. I have met some really interesting people and get to work on a lot of different projects from heritage grade II listed buildings to new build residential.’’ Harry Young (Apprentice Joiner year 1)
‘‘I really enjoy working at Meldrum. I get along well with all the staff, they have been really supportive during my apprenticeship.’’ Matthew Wilson (Apprentice Joiner year 3)
‘‘Meldrum staff are really friendly and I am learning a lot. I feel part of a team’’ Sam Heron (Apprentice Electrician year 1)