“Last year I Sat My GCSES, this Year I’m…”
“Working on my Level 2 Bricklaying Apprenticeship at Contour Bricklaying. I’d heard about apprenticeships at school and the idea of earning and learning definitely interested me. Since starting work, I’ve been involved in a wide range of tasks such as laying, mixing cement and stacking bricks and blocks. I like going out to sites and have worked on residential projects – it’s satisfying seeing the end project come together.
“The apprenticeship has given me a step up in my career. I’ve learnt how to save money which I will hopefully use to buy a car. I feel more independent and my confidence in making decisions and taking initiative has grown.
“My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship would be to turn up on time, show enthusiasm and work hard!”
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!