Former pupil sparks apprenticeship debate
Sovini Property Services
An award winning apprentice electrician visited his old school this week, and gave the perfect plug to a career in electrics.
Michael Von Bargen, 18, a former pupil of Holy Family Catholic School in Thornton, was the first employee to be taken on by Sovini Property Services – the maintenance arm of One Vision Housing,
Holy Family approached Sovini asking if Michael could talk to the Year 11 students about apprenticeships and his experience of working as a tradesman.
Michael also advised the children on the best ways of completing application forms and how to conduct themselves in an interview. He regularly attends careers events in order to promote the opportunities available to young people not only within Sovini Property Services, but also within the local further education sector.
Michael’s aptitude for electrics was rewarded recently when he was named the best building apprentice in the North West in the Federation of Master Builder’s (FMB) Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Michael was joined at Holy Family by Sovini Property Services apprentice plumber, 18-year old Danni Lee Walsh. Like Michael, Danni has also shone in her field, recently being put forward to represent all Liverpool Community plumbing apprentices at the Housing and Innovation Plumbing (HIP) competition at Harrogate College. Similarly Michael was chosen by Hugh Baird College to represent all electrical apprentices.
Sovini Property Services currently employ 16 apprentices across a range of trades and work with colleges across the North West.
This week celebrates the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week.
National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.