Meet our apprentices

Ieuan Humphries

04 March 2019

Plastering Apprentice

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”.

Meet our apprentices

Ashton joined us in March 2019, as a Quantity Surveyor apprentice and has now successfully completed his apprenticeship and been offered a permanent position with N T J Plasterers Ltd. Read more...

Branden joined us in September 2019, as a Carpentry apprentice and was working with our host partner Willmott Dixon, when we caught up with him to find out how he is progressing. Read more...

Charlotte joined us in January, as a Painting and Decorating apprentice with our host partners Haines Painting and Decorating Ltd Read more...