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Chloe is working at Holmsley Nursing Home on a Level 2 Building Maintenance Multi-Trade Repair & Refurbishment apprenticeship.
Name: Chloe IvesCourse: Building Maintenance Multi-Trade Repair & Refurbishment ApprenticeshipCampus: Mid DevonEmployer: Holmsley Nursing HomePrevious School: Sidmouth College
"I’ve got qualifications in hairdressing, beauty therapy and I was a carer. I was always told that it was just a phase that I wanted to do something a bit more ‘manly’. But ‘girl’ stuff was really boring! I like to prove people wrong. I want to prove I can do this.
"In my apprenticeship, I’m doing general maintenance on the building. I’m the only girl on the maintenance team. After it’s finished, I would like to move on. If I was to stay in education I don’t think I would be able to afford it. Luckily, my employer sorts it out for me.
"On the course, we’re learning skills you can take everywhere. I was really nervous about people on the course being judgemental, but it was fine. Everyone made me feel really welcome."
Amy is studying the Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills part-time at our Mid Devon campus.
Name: Amy PringCourse: Diploma In Construction Skills Level 1 - Part TimeCampus: Mid DevonPrevious School: Bishop Fox’s School, Taunton
"I live in Lynton, and I chose this course because it’s not currently offered in Barnstaple. I’m renovating my house and I want to get a bit more knowledge.
"I’m employed as a tree surgeon, so I study the course part-time. I wanted to gain more knowledge. We have done bricklaying and carpentry so far.
"I would like to progress to the Level 2 but I’m also interested in plastering."
Marcus is on a Level 2 apprenticeship in Site Carpentry at our Mid Devon Campus
Extended Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2 (apprenticeship)
Mid Devon Campus
Employer: Mark Fisher Carpenters Ltd
“I grew up helping my dad, who is a carpenter, and always really enjoyed it, so studying carpentry at college just seemed like the obvious choice after I completed my GCSEs. I am currently on a Level 2 apprenticeship, working for my dad – Mark Fisher Carpenters Ltd, based in Tiverton.
I really like the fact that every day is different, depending on what projects my dad is currently working on. At the moment we’re doing a barn conversion, installing the timber frame and fitting the windows, doors, skirting and architrave.
This is a very practical course, as you would expect, which really suits me, as I’ve always learnt better doing hands-on work, rather than in an academic environment.
I feel like I’ve got a good balance by doing an apprenticeship, as there are some things which I learn at college which I don’t have the opportunity to do at work, and vice versa. This gives me a much more varied skills set than if I was just in the workplace or just on a college course. An apprenticeship gives you a lot of options, as you have the skills to either go and work for someone else, do contract work or even set up your own business.
After I complete this study programme I’ll be moving onto the Level 3. The plan is to stay with my dad and then maybe one day become a partner in his business. The industry definitely seems to be picking up at the moment, and there seems to be a lot of upcoming work on new builds and restorations, so I’m excited for the future.”
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