Meet our apprentices

Ted Barnaby

06 February 2020

Painting and Decorating Apprentice

Why did you choose painting and decorating?

I was originally interested in going into plumbing, but there was a mix up at college and I enrolled onto the painting and decorating course. I decided to give it a go and really enjoyed it, so I stayed.

How did you find out about the apprenticeship with Y Prentis?

Y Prentis came into college one day and I thought I’d prefer to do an apprenticeship that being in college five days a week. I’m currently studying for my NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Mynach campus, but I’m only doing my NVQ now so I only need to go in for assessments.

Who are you currently working with?

I’m working with QDL on Lovell’s site, The Mill. Housing sites are great because I get a lot of work, but I’d like to try bigger, more commercial sites, like hospitals, offices or city buildings. Balancing my apprenticeship with college and my personal life is sweet, as I work 8am – 4pm and still have time do my boxing during the evenings.

How will this apprenticeship help you in your career?

It will help me become fully qualified, and then I can start my own business. I’m looking forward to being my own boss and taking on a team of my own one day.

What’s your favourite part about your apprenticeship?

The boys I work with – we have loads of banter on site and had a great time at the Christmas party. The atmosphere on site is great and I don’t dread going to work every day – I look forward to it!

What have you learnt since becoming an apprentice?

I thought I knew a lot about painting and decorating before I started my apprenticeship, but since being on site I have learnt that I didn’t! Hand-eye coordination, and a quicker, more precise technique are some of the skills I’ve developed. Painters and decorators are important in the construction industry as we provide the detail in the development which make the buildings look nice – which is what the customer wants.h

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Listen more in school!



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