“When I took my A levels, I wanted to go on to university to do quantity surveying but I found I didn’t really like the academic work. My brother did his apprenticeship at Hugh Baird College and now runs his own bricklaying company with his friend so he offered me an apprenticeship and I enrolled at the College to get my NVQ.
I like the apprenticeship because it means I’m working on site all day getting hands-on experience. I like the challenge of being on site. In College, we can practice building something and getting the technique right but if we do it wrong we’re able to take it down and start again. When you’re on site you can’t do that so it’s good for me to get the experience of having to get things right first time.
My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship is that if you can get one then do it. You learn more through them and you’re building your skills at the same time.”
John Cassidy of C&C Bricklaying said:
“Mark is the first apprentice we’ve ever taken on and it’s working out really well for us. As a small business, we get the benefit of having someone here who’s keen to learn and we can make sure that we train him up to the way we want things done. Both my business partner and I started on apprenticeships and it’s a good way to get into the industry. We learned loads starting that way and it’s great that we can now give someone else that opportunity.”
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