We caught up with Harry Hood who is currently completing his Fenestration Fabrication apprenticeship at Right Price Windows to find out more about how the programme has benefitted his career so far.
“I am really enjoying working at Right Price as I get on with the team and the role has given me a sense of responsibility. I have to check that every window is up to industry standard quality and I get involved in a wide range of tasks. I feel confident in the job and rarely need to ask for help now! Opportunities have been opened up to me – I appreciate that when I wanted to change from fitting to fabrication, both Right Price and Skills Group supported me and gave me options for the next steps.
“When I finish my apprenticeship, I’d ideally like to stay at Right Price and progress through the company gaining more responsibility – perhaps overseeing the assembly area.
“Skills Group has really helped me both before I began my apprenticeship and throughout it; without the team there I wouldn’t have even thought to go into fenestration! The training at Skills Group also provided the opportunity to make new friends, one whom I’m now working with!”
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!