Shepherd Gilmour Infrastructure has appointed an apprentice civil engineer to its Manchester team.
Andrew Mulligan will help the company deliver a number of projects, including a 15-year contract to implement engineering works and infrastructure for a multi-million pound mixed-use scheme at Branston Locks in Burton, Staffordshire.
The apprenticeship will enable Mulligan to complete a degree in civil engineering at Bolton University, funded by Shepherd Gilmour.
He will be mentored by Dean O'Reilly, who was recently promoted to associate director. O'Reilly has worked at Shepherd Gilmour for 10 years and also joined as an apprentice.
Emyr Jones, managing director of Shepherd Gilmour Infrastructure, said: "There is still a massive skills shortage in the construction industry and with the market picking up, we desperately need more people, in particular civil engineers. Offering apprenticeships is one of the most effective ways of helping to fill these specialist and highly skilled roles.
"Andrew's appointment follows a significant increase in work over the last six months as several key schemes have been given planning approval. We hope that he will follow in Dean's footsteps and develop his career with us over the next few years."