In light of the success he has enjoyed, an apprentice in Merseyside has lifted the lid on his route to achieving his construction qualifications.
Joel Jones (21), a Level Two apprentice in Carpentry and Joinery, is completing his training at Sundial Place in Thornton and Pinewood Park in Formby to gain vital onsite experience with Barratt and David Wilson Homes.
Having the opportunity to begin his career practically and still gain the recognised qualifications, Joel has had the chance to explore all aspects of the trade while working alongside other apprentices and qualified joiners for the necessary help and support.
Joel, originally from Liverpool, said, “The best part of my apprenticeship is the workplace atmosphere, and it has helped me improve my work ethic. It has also opened doors and made opportunities available that weren’t there a couple of years ago.
“The apprenticeship was definitely not what I expected. I was thinking that I would likely be utilised as a labourer, yet I was thrown right into the deep end and trusted with responsibilities right away.”
In completing his apprenticeship at York College, Joel continues to work towards achieving his qualifications as well as his personal goals, which are set to further progress his career in the construction industry.
He continued, “The next steps for me in my career are to get my qualifications, spread my wings and put my skills to the test.
“I would advise anybody considering an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery that, if you work hard, you will reap the rewards and you will be recognised for it. Eventually, you will find yourself with knowledge that can be utilised forever.”
Barratt and David Wilson Homes offers opportunities to learn and be inspired in the workplace with its apprenticeships available for young people to help kickstart their careers and gain the necessary skills required to progress in one of Britain’s most exciting industries.
Philippa Stewart, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, said, “As a five-star developer, it’s important we set an example and create such learning opportunities for our employees to build the foundations for their careers with us.
“We’re delighted to see apprentices such as Joel changing the face of the industry and setting a precedent that apprenticeships encourage learning at work and can be pursued to kickstart a career in homebuilding.
“We hope to see more young people getting involved in the apprenticeships offered at Barratt and David Wilson Homes, and we are excited to see how Joel progresses in his position.”
Image: Joel Jones, apprentice carpenter and joiner with Barratt and David Wilson Homes