On 4 July, 13 Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) apprentices and their line managers visited our factory in Driffield, East Yorkshire. The visit and factory tour were aimed at those working towards Chartered Surveying, Construction Project Management, Operational Delivery and Facilities Management apprenticeships.
The visit was a great opportunity for our apprentices to network with other apprentices across DIO and Reds10 in the construction industry. The visit allowed our apprentices to gain hands on experience outside of the usual office environment to enhance their professional portfolio and gain a better insight into some of the projects happening through the collaboration between DIO and Reds10.
Phil Cook, Reds10 Defence Sector Lead, whose own military career spans 34 years and includes his time as Commander UK Defence Training Estate with the DIO, gave the group an overview of Reds10’s approach to off-site construction and some past projects, before guiding them through a selection of projects currently being worked on within the factory, including sample bays for the SLA at Imjin Barracks.
DIO and Reds10 were also joined by K10, London’s largest construction-specific Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency (FJAA) and Reds10’s sister company, whose aim is to collaborate with DIO in supporting apprentices in sustainable employment within construction projects throughout the duration of their apprenticeships.
“It was a pleasure to be able to host the DIO apprentices and their line managers at our factory. At Reds10, we believe not only in inspiring the next generation and giving back to the industry we love, but also (perhaps unsurprisingly) in wholeheartedly supporting the armed forces, be it within our projects or throughout our community work. This visit married the two perfectly.”
“The event at Reds10 was really informative and well structured. It was really useful to be able to see Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in practice and to experience the quality of the end products, rather than just experiencing this method of construction through my course materials. Additionally, I found it exceptionally useful hearing about the possible new uses of existing raw materials that Reds10 are investigating and, depending on the outcomes of the investigations, being able to explore the practicalities of applying those uses within my project with a view to maximising time and cost efficiencies in the future for DIO and the end user.”
“The visit was very timely for me, as on my Degree Apprenticeship I am currently studying Digital Technology and Construction Technology, and elements of the day were highly relevant for both those topics. The use of BIM, Revit and Openspace have been covered in the Digital Technologies module, and the Construction Technology module has covered Modern Methods of Construction and sustainability in construction and services – air source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels being central to the lessons. I was very interested to see the volumetric units and how their lifecycle can be tracked using BIM.”