apprentice connor helps shape the future of cement technology

Connor Haigh, a forward thinking 17-year-old from Whiston, Staffordshire is one of Aggregate Industries many apprentices who is proud to be forging his own career path with a company that is putting sustainability first and he has shared his journey as part of national apprenticeship week 2024.

Cement apprentice Connor Haigh working in the Cauldon Cement Plant lab.


Having worked his way through school and completed a year in sixth form, Connor knew that he wanted to make his way in the world of work, and it was only when he began his own research that a plethora of opportunities fell at his feet via apprenticeships.

Commenting, he says: “At school I didn’t really know which avenue to take when it came to work, but after learning of the great opportunities with Aggregate Industries and hearing about what a good employer it is through my friends, I decided to explore the possibility

Fast forward four months and Connor is now into month four of a 21-month apprenticeship scheme with the construction giant.
“I work for the cement division and my job title is materials technician, which involves working in a lab with experts, testing more sustainable raw materials. Aggregate Industries is at the forefront of sustainability and my job is a big part of this, so it’s great and very rewarding to be in a job where I’m learning every day and also contributing to helping the environment.”

Apprentice Connor Haigh conducting testing in the wet lab at Cauldon Cement Plant

Connor goes on to say that he chose the apprenticeship route because he wanted a more hands-on experience rather than sitting in a classroom and agrees that it’s a great opportunity for those who prefer real-world experiences over traditional learning

“I still do two hours of college work each week provided by Aggregate Industries but all in all it’s the perfect balance for me because I’m combining theory with practical application and importantly, working with people of all ages and levels of experience,” he adds.

“Every day I’m learning how to navigate different scenarios all whilst building my confidence in a working environment which is something you can’t learn always in school.”

Reflecting on his journey so far, Connor would wholeheartedly recommend an apprenticeship route for those who are not quite sure they want to continue with their academic studies.

“I went to JCB Academy High School and have very happy memories of my education, but I knew that as soon as I could I was eager to work – and although it seemed daunting at the time, I would recommend it others.

“When you secure your apprenticeship and start on the first day, it’s not scary at all. Every day is different and you’re often learning from the best who are happy to pass on their knowledge and wisdom. I haven’t looked back and can only hope my apprenticeship turns into a full-time career in the cement division.”

Kayleigh Greenwood, senior HR business partner at Aggregate Industries, says: “Connor is a tremendous asset to our team, showcasing a remarkable commitment to learning, growth, and seamless integration into the business. His enthusiasm is palpable, and we're fortunate
to have him on board as one of our apprentices.”

Connor's story serves as an inspiration during National Apprenticeship Week, highlighting the valuable opportunities apprenticeships provide for individuals seeking a hands-on, real-world learning experience.

For further information on apprenticeships at Aggregate Industries please visit our Early Careers pages.

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