The Walter Thompson
Any company is only as good as its people. That’s why we believe in providing our team with high quality training to ensure our continuing success in the future.
Site Operative Training
As we directly employ Craft Operatives on our sites, safety is our primary concern. We provide regular and ongoing training, including tool box talks, to ensure everyone can carry out their roles safely, efficiently and to the highest possible standard.
We work closely with New College Durham to offer structured, apprenticeships in the traditional building trades. The Joinery Apprenticeship has a duration of 3-4 years concluding with an Advanced Apprenticeship Standard. The Brickwork Apprenticeship will run for up to 3 years.
This gives committed and talented young people an opportunity to gain an Apprenticeship Standard and a secure future career with Walter Thompson.
Higher Education & Professional Qualifications
Our commitment to training is not limited to the trades. We actively encourage higher education for our supporting team across many different careers including:
• Quantity Surveying
• Human Resources
We also promote the attainment of professional qualifications. Many members of our team hold membership to the CIOB or other appropriate professional bodies.
Graduate Placements & Recruitment
We offer year out work placements to students and have strong links with the following universities and colleges:
• Darlington College
• Redcar and Cleveland College
• Northumbria University
• Leeds Metropolitan University
We consider graduates when recruiting for all levels and positions, particularly for Quantity Surveying and Estimating positions
Walter Thompson working closely with local colleges, offers a structured apprenticeship in the traditional building trades of Brickwork and Joinery.
Our established Apprenticeship programme has been running for over 50 years and many of our Apprentices have gone on to progress and develop to management positions within our company. We are proud to maintain a high level of in-house trade skills.
Our Apprenticeship scheme integrates what we believe to be the key aspects to a successful Apprenticeship programme; education, the work environment and personal development.
In 2020 despite difficult circumstances we still recruited a new Bricklaying apprentice.
Two Apprentices were selected to represent their College and Walter Thompson in the Regional SkillBuild competition in the summer of 2019, one 2nd year joiner and one 2nd year bricklayer. One of our 1st year bricklayers won the regional heat for Guild of Bricklayers competition and went on to compete in the national final.
The Apprenticeship will lead to an Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery or Apprenticeship Standard in Bricklaying.
About the Course – Apprenticeships usually last between 3 and 4 years depending on the chosen trade. where you’re based and what level of qualification you’re studying for. During this time you will be allocated an Apprenticeship officer, and Mentor on site to support and guide you through your training programme. As an Apprentice, with us you will:
• Be in full-time employment
• Gain a nationally recognised qualification
• Get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career
On the job training is structured and agreed with us to ensure you learn the right skills. Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on day release or over a number of days in a series of blocks.
To apply for our Apprenticeship program please complete and send in the following form available by CLICKING HERE
Here at Walter Thompson we understand the true value of employing great people.
That’s why we are keen to recruit the right people to help develop and grow our business and to provide them with the opportunity for an exciting career.
We are keen to recruit for all roles including graduate positions, trainees and craft apprentices and work closely with several colleges and CITB to ensure our people receive the very best training and we also sponsor individuals through Diploma and Degree level programmes.
If you are interested in a career with Walter Thompson, why not write, get in touch or apply for any of our current vacancies within the FT Group listed below.
Here at Walter Thompson we fully understand the importance of Health & Safety and how significant our role is within the community to help and reduce the number of accidents attributed to building sites. As part of that commitment we employ Ivor Goodsite, an industry mascot created by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, to educate children on the dangers of playing on building sites. Ivor also educates the children on the industry and highlights how great it is to work in construction!
Ivor conducts assemblies with a member of our Health & Safety Team at local Schools surrounding our building sites. We also conduct regular competitions to engage the children and to allow them to demonstrate what they have learnt. Ivor has even been known to get involved the odd Sports Day Event!