My apprenticeship story

My apprenticeship story

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an Apprentice?

What the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship over a full time college course are?

How your career can progress?

There’s no better way to answer these questions than to hear the stories of people that are on or have completed apprenticeships themselves. Here are just a handful of our success stories … 

Construction apprentice builds career

Jack Carey

Having always wanted to pursue a career in construction, Jack Carey from Stourbridge, decided that when he left school he would find an apprenticeship to start building his career in the construction industry.

He joined Mansell Construction Services Ltd (now part of the Balfour Beatty Group) as a Carpentry & Joinery Level 2 apprentice. He said: “Whilst I had successfully completed GCSEs at school, I realised that I wanted to pursue a more practical course of study rather than take the academic route. I completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship through Walsall Housing Group College then went on to complete my Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & Joinery, Higher National Certificate in Construction & the Built Environment and my Level 6 in Construction Management at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Advanced Technology Campus in Brierley Hill.”

Mansell and Balfour Beatty offer a really strong apprenticeship programme and, right from the start of his studies, encouraged Jack to fulfil his potential and, whilst he wasn’t sure where a career in construction could lead to at the time, he soon realised that there was a clear progression path in the industry which would allow him to continue to study whilst gaining valuable practical work experience.

Jack is currently studying for a Construction Management & Economics Degree at Birmingham City University and is in his second year of a three year course at the age of 23, having worked his way up from the role of carpenter to becoming an Assistant Site Manager at Balfour Beatty.

Mikko’s career growth

Mikko Moran

Mikko Moran had embarked on an apprenticeship programme with grounds maintenance providers, John O’Conner.  As a result of his training, he went on to a team leader role that involves him leading his colleagues through garden maintenance work within housing estates across the Leicestershire area.

“Gardening wasn’t something that struck me as a career, until I realised how much I enjoyed it,” said Mikko.  “The experiences I’ve gained on my apprenticeship and the knowledge from my level 2 horticulture course are a great stepping stone for getting into the industry.  Employers value the skills you gain and there are lots of other careers you can go on to from here.”

Gemma Axton, apprentice – Worcester Bosch

Gemma Axton

“As a gas installation engineer apprentice, I’m proving that it’s not only men that can follow this line of work.  I’m also carrying further the knowledge of this area that I picked up from my family.”

Ben Guest, apprentice – Worcester Bosch

Ben Guest

“An apprenticeship sets you up for the career you want to pursue; letting you gain knowledge and theory at college and real life, practical skills with your employer. I’ve been working towards my level 3 in gas installation and maintenance while working for Worcester Bosch.  I’m hoping to have a long, fulfilling career with them after I’ve completed my second year of training.”