To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week at Construction News, we asked six young people what they most enjoy about being an apprentice in the construction industry. Here is what they said.
Laurie Veasey, carpentry apprentice, Redrow
“I started in 2011 and decided to do it because my father was a builder. I’ve grown up around the building trade.
“It’s great because the company can help you through your qualifications and costs don’t have to come out of your own pocket.
“The money has obviously helped, but I have also gained lots of skills through working alongside other people. It’s helped me to become more confident.”
Peter Wright, carpentry apprentice, Redrow
“I never wanted to go into joinery, but I was good at woodworking at school so when the apprenticeship came up I went for it. I started in September 2011 and it’s been plain sailing ever since. I’ve learned a hell of a lot in just a year and a half.
“I’ve learned a trade so I will always have that to fall back on even if joinery doesn’t work out. The pay is a big benefit and I’ve met a lot of new people. It’s also brought me out of my shell and given me a lot more confidence.
“I used to be quite a quiet person but you obviously have to learn to speak up on a construction site. It’s something I look forward to every morning – it doesn’t feel like a normal job that you don’t want to go to, because I enjoy it.”
Tristan Welch, bricklayer apprentice, Crest Nicholson
“I am learning so much every day. Building and construction is exactly what I want to do with my life and I am being trained by some of the best in the business.
“I love my moped – it gives me a great sense of freedom and, together with my new job, I really feel that a new chapter of my life has started.
“After a few false starts, I realised that I didn’t want a regular 9-5 office-bound job. I wanted to be outside, working with my hands to create something. I feel really positive about the future and where my life is going.”
Charlotte Collins, carpentry apprentice, Crest Nicholson
“Construction isn’t necessarily the first industry many girls think of when they are considering their career options, but I absolutely love it.
“I highly recommend more young people, and girls in particular, think about becoming apprentices; there are so many disciplines to suit different skill sets and you get to earn while you learn.
“Furthermore, you are helping to build someone’s home which is a brilliant feeling and gives you a real sense of achievement. Working on site as part of a team really opens your eyes to real life and what you need to do to achieve your careers aims.”
Jordan Dolan, painting and decorating apprentice, Seddon Property Services
“I really enjoy what I do. I work with a great team and have had the chance to do lots of training as well as enter painting and decorating competitions.
“Becoming an apprentice is a fantastic way to learn a trade and develop your skills – I’d definitely recommend it.
“In the future, I hope to work my way up the career ladder to become a construction manager.”
Chris Southern, apprentice carpenter and joiner, Seddon Property Services
“Being an apprentice with Seddon has allowed me to earn while I’m learning my trade.
“The training has been very good. I enjoy what I do and the fact that I’m often doing something different every day.
“It’s inspiring to see how many of the company’s senior managers started out as apprentices – it shows the kind of opportunities there are to stay with the company and work your way up.”