To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we asked our apprentices a few questions about what they’ve gained from their apprenticeship, their experience and future plans.
Angus, is currently enrolled on the HNC L4 Construction & the Built Environment.
Why did you want to go into apprenticeship in Construction?
I wanted to do an apprenticeship in construction because University wasn't for me and I wanted to become qualified in something whilst earning money at the same time.
How is the balance between working and studying?
The balance is fine. One day of college per week is sufficient.
What do you think you have achieved on the course?
I've gained a more knowledge, motivation and more experience on the job, which has now given me more confidence in my field of work.
What are your aspirations on finishing your course?
I want to progress to the next level which would be a degree course.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship to other people, and why?
Definitely! If you're not an academic (like me) and want to pursue a career in something, I recommend the apprenticeship route.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship as opposed to studying the course directly?
Personally, I learn best by doing and experiencing something for myself as opposed to reading books or studying which is why on-the-job learning was the one for me.
What’s one thing you learnt on your course which surprised you?
I was surprised at how much I've learnt. Even just being at work and observing the process and taking it all in is a good way of learning.
How does your employer feel about you being on an apprenticeship?
I think they're pleased to have me on board and it looks good for the employer too.
How do people react when you tell them you’re on an apprenticeship?
They are generally quite interested and often ask questions about it.