What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young, I always wanted to be a chef. I worked in a few kitchens and even began a college course but decided it wasn’t for me. I also tried my hand at electrics, but I didn’t really get on with the course. When I was working part-time at a café a colleague suggested plastering to me. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as Y Prentis were holding interviews for apprenticeships in plastering at the same time. I took a chance and got accepted. I believe I made the right choice and I’m excited to start my career as a plasterer.
What qualifications are you studying towards?
I’m studying for my NVQ Level 3 in Plastering at the Cardiff and Vale College. I spend one day a week at college and four days a week on site with NTJ Plastering. Although I’m busy throughout the week, I have the weekends to myself, so I find the balance easy.
What’s the best bit about your apprenticeship?
Meeting all the people I’ve worked with. Everyone on site is friendly, really helpful and always such a laugh. I have also really enjoyed getting the chance to learn while I work – it’s so much better than sitting in a classroom every day. It’s helped improve the quality of my work and help me understand the trade much better than I did before.
Is your apprenticeship what you expected?
In some ways yes, as I thought I would learn a lot more being on site than I was learning just in college and that’s true. However, I thought as an apprentice I would have to do all the rubbish work, but from day one I was getting stuck in! I’m also using a lot of physical skills that I have learnt at college and developing a good eye for detail.
What are you looking forward to in your career as a plasterer?
I’m keen to become faster at my work while maintaining my accuracy. Eventually I want to become a sub-contractor and work on some bigger sites.
What would you say to somebody interested in applying for an apprenticeship?
I would always tell them to go for it. Even with the pay cut from a full-time wage, it’s so worth it. And as my boss always says, plasterers are at the top of the food chain!
What’s your claim to fame?
I was once on CBBC! I was demonstrating white water rafting from the International White-Water Centre on the show “Live and Deadly”.