Meet our apprentices

Joseph Long

04 February 2020

Wall and Floor Tiling Apprentice

Why did you choose a career in tiling?

When I was young, I wanted to be an astronaut or a football player, but neither dream planned out. I have friends and family members who are in the construction industry, and now and then I would help a family friend who’s a tiler. I decided that this would be a good career route for me, as I can see that it will provide me with a lot of work for the future. I think there’ll always be a need for tilers because our work looks good and adds the right finishing touches to a job.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship with Y Prentis?

I was working as a labourer with one of Y Prentis’s partners and they suggested that I applied for an apprenticeship with them. I wanted to make sure I had a trade as well as a qualification, so I went for it! I think an apprenticeship will give me a much better experience than being in college full time.

How have you spent your time during your apprenticeship?

I’m studying one day a week towards my NVQ Level 2 in wall and floor tiling at Cardiff and Vale College. The other four days I work on site with NC Ceramics and so far, I’ve worked on a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. I’ve found the balance between work, college and my social life to be great.

What is the best thing about your apprenticeship?

I’d say the experience it has given me and the fact that I’m always learning. I’ve learnt all the techniques of tiling, such as setting out, grouting and mixing. I’m learning a lot more on site than I would be if I was just in college. The boys on site are fun, nice and friendly - I love having a super market breakfast in the mornings with them before work and I’m already looking forward to the Christmas works do!

What does the future look like for you?

I’m looking forward to earning good money, as well as choosing the work that I do. I prefer domestic jobs, which means that you can set your own hours and spend a lot less time waiting around for other tradesmen. I’d like the chance to do big, open flooring jobs, such as showrooms, which gives me a big space to work with.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to start an apprenticeship earlier. It’s a good career move, and I wish I had done it earlier!

 

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