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From T level to apprentice site manager

January 17, 2024

Macey Blackman from Portsmouth has become the Degree Apprentice Site Manager at Morgan Sindall, working on their current development in Cosham. Macey began her journey with Morgan Sindall as a T-Level student.  She impressed the management at Morgan Sindall with her leadership potential which has led to her current degree apprenticeship.

Macey’s story

Macey Blackman began her pathway into construction in the Summer of 2023, when she joined Morgan Sindall’s site in Gosport as part of her T-Level programme that she was doing at Havant & South Downs College.

Macey impressed the management on that site so much that they offered her a job as a Degree Apprentice Site Manager at their site in Cosham. Macey is doing her Degree Apprenticeship at Solent University. She is shadowing the Site Manager Andy Jarvis and is also taking the opportunities offered by Morgan Sindall to learn about other disciplines from the wider site team.

Susan Dee, Social Value Manager at Morgan Sindall said

“Macey excelled when she did her work placement with us as part of her T Level qualification showing the tenacity required to become a site manager.  It was purely on the back of this that we offered her a full-time apprenticeship role.  She is our first T-Level student, and we are delighted to see the fruition of this new route into our industry.”

Macey Blackman, said

“I have been at Cosham for nearly 6 months now. It has been amazing to be at a project so early.  I have learnt so much from shadowing the managers around me, seeing trades I’ve never had the experience of working with before.

I’ve have gained experience in doing permits, getting information from the architect, and shadowing our engineer to gain a better understanding of the technical side of things. I’ve been able to take part in QA, daily briefings, prestart meetings, and leadership engagements.

“Overall I’ve had the best experience with Morgan Sindall at Cosham Fire Station. Everyone is so welcoming and they’re all great at giving me a hand when I need it. I am looking forward to working on many sites after this.”

About T-Levels

T-Levels are still a relatively new type of programme for 16-19 year olds as an alternative to taking 3 A-Levels.  T-Levels are industry focused qualifications, which include a large amount of work experience throughout the programme. T-Levels can provide not only excellent work experience, but also dovetail into opportunities for career development.  In Macey’s case her T-Level led to a Degree Apprenticeship.

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