Apprenticeship Success Stories - Gary Parker

This week is Apprenticeship Week, nationally organised to celebrate the talent and skills of apprentices throughout England. As part of this, each day we’ll be showcasing some of Hugh Baird College’s apprentice success stories. Today is the turn of bricklayer, Gary Parker…

Thirty three year old Gary joined the army at aged 17. When he left four years later, he was looking for a job with the same level of physical work and found work as a labourer. Although he has worked in construction since then, he had never gained any formal trade qualifications. So, with the support of his employer, he decided to enrol at Hugh Baird College as an apprentice to study towards the NVQ2 in Brickwork.

Gary said:

“My boss had been an apprentice at Hugh Baird College himself so he recommended coming here for my apprenticeship. Even though I’ve done bits of trowel work before coming on the course, I’ve picked up the techniques and the theory behind it by coming to College. The benefit of the apprenticeship is that I’ll get a qualification and a trade. Coming to College has given me more confidence in what I’m doing and I’m also improving my maths and English on the course too.”

Gary’s boss, Mahmoud Salam said:

“I started my career as an apprentice at Hugh Baird College and worked my way up to having my own business. I have seen the value of getting good training so recommending an apprenticeship for Gary at Hugh Baird College was a no brainer. He has a real passion for the industry and a natural talent for brickwork. His confidence has definitely grown since starting the course and he’s developing all-round skills that, in the long run, benefit my business as well as his career. He’s getting the same great training that I had and, as an employer, I getting a committed and fully qualified bricklayer.”

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, on a day–release basis, towards nationally recognised qualifications.

If you would like to take on an apprentice or would like to enrol as one yourself contact our team:
Tel. 0151 353 4456

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