Plymouth Community Homes gives apprentices a head start
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Education
Plymouth Community Homes PVCu Fabricator Kieran Hill
As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close (3 – 7 March) two of the youngest members of the Plymouth Community Homes team shared why they chose to undertake an apprenticeship.
Kayleigh Robinson, 17, is in the first week of a one year apprenticeship as an Administration Assistant with our manufacturing department. Kieran Hill, 18, (pictured) is now a PVCu Fabricator following a two year apprenticeship at our window factory.
Apprenticeships at PCH create great opportunities to earn while you learn. Kayleigh has just started her apprenticeship with PCH and works with the admin team at our Prince Rock base. She said: “The interview was relaxed and friendly. After that I was introduced to the team and given a guided tour of the site. I enjoy working with the team and I’m not afraid to ask them for help.”
Kayleigh is already considering where this apprenticeship may take her career. Training on the job is a key element to apprenticeships and they offer a practical alternative to university. Kayleigh will receive an NVQ level 2 in Business Administration during her time at PCH and will gain valuable experience. Some advice Kayleigh would offer someone in a similar situation is: “You’ve got to have a plan if you go into an apprenticeship. Make sure you research the training and think about where you want be in the future.”
With the qualifications and experience she will receive through the apprenticeship Kayleigh will be in a good position to pursue a career in Accounting, her long term goal.
When Kieran's apprenticeship came to an end, he secured a fixed term contract with the Window Factory and is now a valued member of the team. He didn’t initially think of a career working with windows but after looking at the hundreds of apprenticeships out there he thought he would try something different. This paid off as he said: “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I got stuck in and I love it. I leave work feeling proud of what I’ve achieved.” His advice to anyone interested in an apprenticeship would be to “try something new.”