This week is Apprenticeship Week, nationally organised to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the impact they have on individuals. As part of this, each day we’ll be showcasing some of our apprenticeship and traineeship success stories.
Today is the turn of apprentice joiner, Ben Howard…
Nineteen year old Ben is from Crosby and attended Sacred Heart High School. He completed the level 1 and 2 Diplomas in Carpentry and Joinery at Hugh Baird College and landed an apprenticeship with National Museums Liverpool after a two week trial.
“As part of my study programme on the Level 2 Joinery course at College, I did work experience at National Museums for two weeks. From that, I was offered an apprenticeship with them and started there once I had passed my level 2."
“I like being on the apprenticeship. I’m based at the Museum’s workshop and we travel to the different sites installing or dismantling the exhibitions. It was good doing the courses in College first because I did both bench joinery and site joinery there. Now that I’m working at National Museums Liverpool though, I think I’m getting more skills on the job and I’m learning from the other more experienced staff. There are five joiners in the team so I’m able to watch how they work and pick up different ways of doing things. It’s nice getting paid while I learn too!"
“I only have to attend College one day a week and I’m working towards the NVQ 2 in Wood Occupations. My study programme also includes maths lessons so that I can improve my GCSE grade. I need to use maths a lot as a joiner, working out measurement, angles and quantity of materials so it will be useful for my trade.”
An apprenticeship is a training programme designed to allow the learner to train within both an academic and true working environment. The main benefit of employing an apprentice is that the course allows them to begin work instantly whilst also improving their skill levels continuously. Apprentices can be integrated into an organisation whilst they study so that, on the completion of the course, they are fully prepared to become a well rounded and adapted member of staff.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills from organisations operating within industry. Apprentices also receive training, usually on a day–release basis, towards nationally recognised qualifications.
For more information visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
If you would like to take on an apprentice or would like to enrol as one yourself contact our team:
Tel. 0151 353 4456