Where are they now: Gabriel Williams
January 23, 2019

New drylining apprenticeships get underway

Working in partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd, we have recruited eight drylining apprentices who will undertake a brand-new two-year apprenticeship course from Monday (28 January).

Over the last few months, Y Prentis and Coleg y Cymoedd have been working closely with local contractors to deliver a new apprenticeship course. This two-year course will provide eight apprentices with the opportunity to gain the necessary work experience while spending one-day a week at Coleg y Cymoedd studying towards a Level 2 Diploma in Interior Systems and an NVQ Level 2 in Drylining. The course will cover a range of subjects, ensuring students learn the construction skills and working knowledge they need to work as a dryliner. They will also learn about health, safety and welfare within the construction industry and gain an understanding of different construction technologies.

Today (Thursday 24 January), several of the new drylining apprentices met for the first time at Y Prentis’s Head Office in Pontypool. They participated in a two-hour long group induction which provided them with all the essential information they need to successful carry out their apprenticeship and to prepare them for their first day in college and on site. They also received brand new toolkits worth over £200 and all the essential PPE that they will need on site.

19-year-old Corey Lendrum who starts with B R Hodgson on Wednesday said: “I worked on a site for about a year and a half, but after watching other dryliners on site practice the trade I become more and more interested in the trade. So, when these drylining apprenticeships were advertised I decided to go for it!”

James Stanford, who is also starting with B R Hodgson on Wednesday, said: “I was working part-time in a body shop, but I was really keen to practice a trade where I could get some qualifications while working and earning at the same time. I decided to apply because these apprenticeships seem like a great opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Dafydd Langley-Noel, Assistant Progamme Manager at Y Prentis, said: “We’re pleased to be working in collaboration with Coleg Y Cymoedd to deliver a full framework qualification in drylining. All eight apprentices come from the Valleys Taskforce area, so it’s great to be able to give them this opportunity. Y Prentis was created for industry by industry, and we are happy to support this growing trade and expand the opportunities we currently offer.”

The on-site placement will be carried out across the south-east Wales region with contractors such as Manorcraft, Richard Kemble Ceilings, B R Hodgson and Pendragon Design and Build.

For more information about our drylining apprenticeships please email enquiries@yprentis.co.uk

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