Carillion is to offer apprenticeship interviews to all young people who graduate from National Citizen Service under a pact announced this week.
The construction giant will also encourage other people it chooses for apprenticeships to enrol on NCS first.
It is part of Carillion’s commitment to creating 5,000 apprenticeships over the next five years, and was announced during National Apprenticeship Week.
NCS is open to England and Northern Ireland residents aged 15-17. A course lasts two to three weeks and brings teenagers from a range of backgrounds together to face outdoor challenges and learn skills for work and life.
Carillion Training Services director Ray Wilson said: “We recognise that many of the young people who have been on the NCS programme possess exceptional life skills and are highly motivated.
“By opting to take part in the programme they have shown that they are willing to step outside their comfort zone and as a result are a step ahead in developing key workplace skills such as problem solving, leadership and teamwork.
“There is increasing competition for apprenticeship roles and therefore young people need much more in terms of skills and experiences to stand out. We believe evidence of NCS gives applicants the edge over other candidates.”
Carillion operates 13 apprenticeship training centres.