Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week: sharing Will’s story

News posted 15 February, 2022

Engineering, construction management and quantity surveying apprentices are key members of the team delivering the transformation of North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH).

Working on this major new hospital project enables apprentices to gain both practical skills and academic qualifications. Will Cooper, age 20, who works in the Manchester office of Arup, the built environment specialists, is enjoying the opportunity to help design modern health care facilities for North Manchester’s residents.

Will is doing a Level 6 degree apprenticeship in building services and sustainable engineering. He has worked with colleagues on the initial design concept for the new hospital, including the mechanical services in the building.

Doing an apprenticeship has been great as I get valuable on the job experience while still getting all the qualifications I need,” said Will.

“Working on North Manchester General Hospital has been really rewarding as it’s great to know we’re contributing towards a community hub for the whole of North Manchester,” he added.

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Michelle Humphreys, Director of Strategic Projects at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which is leading the NMGH redevelopment, said:

“We’re working closely with Arup and our other contractors to provide a range of employment, training and education opportunities.  Apprenticeships are just one of several options, and we’re really pleased we can support the training of these young people as they help to deliver outstanding hospital and healthcare facilities for our patients and staff.”