Why have you chosen a career in drylining?
I wanted to be a rugby player, but as I got older and things changed, I decided I needed to get myself a trade instead. Drylining is somewhere between carpentry and plastering, so it’s a really good trade to learn. The work is really interesting, and I enjoy working with my hands. I definitely think it will become more popular in the next few years.
What made you choose to take an apprenticeship?
The biggest factor for me is being able to earn as I learn. I would tell anyone who is considering an apprenticeship to go for it. You could be in college for two or three years and not earn any money, but this way you get to make some money while you prepare for working life.
How will your apprenticeship help shape your future?
It will open up opportunities for my future and help me to earn a good living. I know other people who are dryliners and they have a lot of steady, consistent work. Some other trades can be affected by weather, but dryliners don’t have that problem so much. I wasted a lot of time in dead end jobs when I left school, so if I could go back in time I would tell myself to train in something earlier.
What qualification are you studying towards?
I’m currently studying for my NVQ Level 2 in Drylining with Coleg y Cymoedd at their training centre in Caerphilly. I spend the other four days a week on site working with B R Hodgson at the Laing O’Rouke hospital site in Caerphilly. The balance between work and college is great. Attending college on a Tuesday means the week is broken up.
What is the best part about your apprenticeship?
Getting to go out on site and actually practice what I’ve learnt in college. I didn’t really know anything about drylining when I was younger, but since starting my apprenticeship I have learnt about all the different systems and techniques that are used. I also use skills such as cutting and measuring every day and read a lot of drawings which took me a while to get to grips with. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to move around and work on different sites.