Success Stories: Rhys Crago, Level 2 Bricklaying

“I was always driven to enter the construction industry. My family works in the sector and so I’ve grown up around that environment; in school holidays I’d be helping out on sites and my family even appeared on Homes Under the Hammer! The biggest mistake people make about construction is thinking it’s an easy job – it’s actually very hard work! However your effort definitely pays off.”

We had a chat with Rhys on site at Barratt Homes to find out more about his Bricklaying apprenticeship and his experience working for one of the South West’s leading independent construction firms, MC Builders.

“My apprenticeship is very varied – I’ve been involved in digging and laying work, building walls, taking stone cladding off houses and re-setting, and even landscaping gardens. MC Builders offers the full range of building services which means I get lots of varied experience which will help me to progress through the industry.

“There are so many jobs in the Construction industry at the moment, so it’s a really exciting time to work in the sector. The salary is also another benefit of doing an apprenticeship – it’s nice to be more independent and start saving up for my own house.

“I’m looking forward to achieving my qualification. Both the teams at MC Builders and Skills Group have been really supportive throughout the apprenticeship and, in the future, I’d like to stay at MC Builders and progress onto a Level 3 apprenticeship. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even run my own construction company!”