We had a chat with Callum Currie who is completing his Level 3 Fenestration Fabrication apprenticeship at Right Price.
“I did a carpentry full-time course at Skills Group but then wanted to move into fenestration, as it’s a similar skills set. I’ve been at Right Price for around a year now and I work on the manufacture of the windows. I add the finishing touches to the windows and check that everything is working to a high standard. For example, I have to make sure that the windows all close properly and are squared.
“I struggled to adjust to working life when I started as it was my first job, and working is a huge change from school – I didn’t go into work with the right attitude. However, after Christmas, I pulled myself together, began to work hard and applied myself after encouragement from the team at Right Price and Skills Group.
“Skills Group supported me to see the bigger picture and how far my qualification could take me – for example, one day I could be running my own factory.
“I’m really enjoying work now. I’m more independent, have more responsibility such as taking stock checks, and I get on well with the team. I even come into work on Sundays when I don’t have to, to earn some extra money!
“I’m looking forward to completing my Level 3 qualification as it will help me progress through the industry. In the future, I’d like to become a departmental manager or even factory manager.”
Well done and good luck with your career Callum!
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!