#NewYearNewCareer in Construction

Its not too late to change your mind…

Jordan, Plastering “When I left school I thought I wanted to go into Child Care, but as soon as I started the course I knew it wasn’t for me. I wasn’t really sure what to do next but after chatting with my neighbour, who employed apprentices through Skills Group, I thought I would give plastering a go. I’m now really enjoying my course and love the freedom and flexibility that Skills Group give you. I have a great trainer who has built up my confidence and have already secured a work placement. I’m so happy I changed my mind.”

Tyler, Painting and Decorating “I started my Painting and Decorating course after studying Music Production at College. I didn’t like the environment I was in and knew it wasn’t really for me. I made the decision to change and I’m so pleased I did, I love Skills Group – my trainer treats me with respect and I feel comfortable and relaxed to learn what I need to start my future career.”

Jordan, Carpentry “I’ve always been interested in Carpentry after seeing my uncle creating lots of amazing products. I started at a different training provider but found there was no progression opportunity. I then found out about Skills Group, who are now helping me to find an apprenticeship and long awaited job opportunity that I really want! The atmosphere is great and my trainer is helping me develop my skills so I am confident when I go out into the workplace.”

Liam, Painting and Decorating “I’ve never found something I really enjoyed until I came here! I had been to various colleges doing construction trades, but never felt they were right for me. Then I was recommended Skills Group and I am finally happy! My trainer is fantastic and I love the environment, I am enjoying learning the skills and techniques needed to start my career in Painting and Decorating.”

Dylan, Bricklaying “I have studied a range of trades from Mechanics to Engineering at college but I was adamant that I wouldn’t settle until I found what I really wanted to do – you work for a long time, so I’m taking this time to really make sure I am happy with what I’ll do for the rest of my life! I am now doing a Bricklaying qualification which I think will give me the perfect skills to start my career!”

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