Employer Focus: Phil Deare Carpentry

Phil Deare has been in business for over 12 years, rapidly expanding his carpentry contracts within numerous new build sites around the South West and have been taking on apprentices since the very beginning.

“Apprentices are a major part of the business. The labour market is struggling so taking on apprentices not only allows us to fill those gaps but also gives these young people an opportunity to develop a career.

“You have to look at the long term benefits; we train our apprentices to the high standards we want, we support them and nurture them throughout the qualifications and in turn, once they qualify, we have carpenters we know and trust to produce great work.

“Skills Group are fantastic to work with, they communicate well and send us great candidates. We like their working practices; their roll on, roll off system is great as new apprentices can start any time. Knowing the apprentices need to be in college one day a week, makes it easier for us to plan around this. It keeps their training fresh in their head and if they’re struggling with certain skills, they have that time to work on it rather than having to do this whilst they are onsite.

“Most of time, once our apprentices are qualified, we’ll take them on as fully qualified carpenters – why wouldn’t we? We know them as individuals, we know their work standards are high, they’ve grown and developed within the team, why wouldn’t we keep them?”

Kim, Operations Manager, said, “A lot of these young people are keen and hungry to succeed, they want to build a good career and earn a good wage. I’m so proud to work with these young people and watch them grow and develop. We give them opportunities and treat them with respect and they really react to that.”

Phil said, “It’s a win win for us, we’re expanding our workforce with young people who are trained well, hungry to success and driven for success. What more could you want?”

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.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

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

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

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.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

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!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School