Meet Our Apprentices & Graduates

Maria

I joined Gratte Brothers as a Graduate Surveyor in January 2020. I knew I wanted to get into construction as I liked the idea of having a tangible outcome as evidence of hard work. I discovered Gratte Brothers through researching the industry and companies within it.

The first UK Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 saw Gratte Brothers briefly furlough us graduates. As a family company, their care for employees showed in the decision to support us via the furlough scheme, rather than let us go completely. Everyone I have worked with or encountered through Gratte Brothers has been lovely, and

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Brandon

I chose to complete an apprenticeship because I wanted to get out into the world and start working. Although I still attend college, it is a very different experience to school, one which provides me with an independence I find rewarding and the sense that I am paving the way for my own success.

I chose to complete my apprenticeship with Gratte Brothers as it was evident that they were a well-respected company within the industry and had an impressive turnover. Although these figures may not be important for every young person starting their career, for me it was vital

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Peter

I left secondary school with one certainty: I did not want to go to university or be in debt so instead I looked into apprenticeships so that I could continue to learn whilst I earned.

I soon realised that a qualification was required to hold a job in the future and it became apparent that Gratte Brothers would be somewhere I could grow, as they are an excellent company with a great apprenticeship program.

Being an electrical apprentice is a very hands-on role. Whilst I attend college regularly to learn the theory behind the trade, I would say most of

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Tom

I chose to undertake an apprenticeship because I felt that I would learn quicker in a programme, which combined both theory and practice and which allowed me to apply what I was learning at college to my work on-site at the same time.

Gratte Brothers are a very well-known and respected company in the industry. Therefore, I chose to work for them because I knew I was being offered a great opportunity, not only as an apprentice but also in terms of opportunities for a future career.

I attend college once a week on a day release where I learn

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Nathan

I chose an apprenticeship because I was looking to get on-the-job experience whilst gaining a qualification at college. I decided to complete my apprenticeship at Gratte Brothers because my Father also works for the company, previously as a pipefitter and now as a site manager and I wanted to carry on the family tradition, which began with my Grandfather who was a boiler engineer in a fantastic family-ran business.

I am currently attending College and completing my Level 2 NVQ in Heating and Ventilating. My course entails both practical and theoretical learning relating to the tasks I do on-site and

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Antonio

I knew that an apprenticeship would be the best choice for me as I’ve always been more of a practical learner and find it easier to comprehend things by being hands-on rather than purely classroom-based. Financially it also made more sense for me to get paid whilst learning on the job, so an apprenticeship works perfectly for me.

I’m now 6 months into my 2-year programme, training as an Apprentice Catering Engineer and I’m working towards ACS accreditation as part of it. A typical week for me is out on the road, travelling to different jobs to assist with servicing,

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Theo

I joined Gratte Brothers Group straight out of University in January 2020. Having completed some work with an M&E firm previously, I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue. I hadn’t previously considered this route into the industry, but a family friend told me about it and I’ve never looked back.

From the moment I joined, Gratte Brothers has pushed me to develop professionally in the most supportive and rewarding way. After a brief period of furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I was immediately put onto a ‘building services engineering’ apprenticeship course. This was a two-year course

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