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Lola studied the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies.
Why did you choose to come to Petroc?I chose to study at Petroc because it is a nice college, with a lot of courses especially in the trades.
And what made you pick this particular course?Since a very young age, I have been into many hands on jobs in the construction industry. However, plumbing was the pathway I chose as it suited me the most.
Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?I enjoy everything to do with plumbing, especially how the day-to-day jobs are varied.
What have been the highlights so far?The best part so far has been representing the college in the HIP Apprentice of the Year competition! It was a very pleasing experience and one that I would love to do again.
What do you plan to do when you leave college?As soon as I fully qualify as a plumber, I will be working full-time. Then once I am confident enough I will go self-employed.
Phoebe studied Level 3 Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment.
Why did you choose to come to Petroc?I chose to come to Petroc because the course looked really good and wasn’t offered anywhere else local to me.
And what made you pick this particular course?I chose this course because I love drawing and design while I also wanted to learn how to use more CAD (Computer Aided Design) in my designing. I’m also interested in the construction and built environment side and wanted to learn more about how it's incorporated into design.
Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?My favourite part of the course is seeing the design projects come to life using manual drafting or CAD after spending ages perfecting and modifying the concepts to turn it into a working building.
What have been the highlights so far?My highlights of the course have been going on local site visits which help put the theory work into perspective and working on difficult design projects that require lots of research and innovation to find solutions.
What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?I enjoyed studying at Petroc because the course and help from my lectures has helped provide me with a career path that I’m passionate and excited about.
What do you plan to do when you leave college?I’m doing an Architecture BA (Hons) at Falmouth University next year for three years.
What’s the long-term plan?My long term plan is to hopefully become an architect in the future and run my own practise.
Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?Advice for someone thinking of taking this course is that although the work is hard and is very demanding, it’s very rewarding and provides lots of different career pathways for the future.
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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