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Richard Kemble Contracts secures work contracts for 5 Y Prentis graduating Drylining Apprentices

9th June 2022

Five recently completed Drylining apprentices have been secured work opportunities with their host Richard Kemble Contracts (RKC), on a self-employed basis. Lewis Harris, Joseph Stanton, Liam Davies, Iwan McCarthy and Josh Kemble were all part of a cohort Y Prentis recruited in November 2020 and were hosted by RKC to gain the site experience required to complete their Apprenticeship in Drylining.

RKC’s Director Richard Kemble, who is delighted with the results, said: “Utilising Y Prentis for our apprentices has made process much more straightforward. They support the apprentices from start to finish dealing with everything from recruitment and wages to checking their progress and dealing with any issues they have. The Y Prentis team take the hassle out of the process and they are on hand to help at every step of the way.”

The Drylining apprentices all completed their Level 2 Diplomas through Coleg y Cymoedd at the Caerphilly Training Centre and site experience with host RKC allowed them to obtain their NVQ Level 2 and achieve their apprenticeship

Joseph Stanton, who was initially unsure whether site work was really for him, said: “Once I started onsite and experienced all the new things that can be learned, there was no turning back for me – I loved it. I really enjoyed working with the whole team and picking up on new methodologies.” Joseph’s site manager, Geraint Thomas, confirmed, “Joe has progressed really well as I have supervised him during the 2 years of his apprenticeship. Joe has really integrated well with the boys onsite where he has become an integral part of the working team. I am very pleased with Joe and wish him the best in the future”.

Lewis Harris, who feels that the onsite experience has helped improved his problem-solving skills, said: “Coming across obstacles and knowing and finding out the solutions was always a very good learning experience.” Mark Jones, his site manager, said: “I have been very satisfied with Lewis’s performance onsite. It was a pleasure to work with him and I am happy he has completed his apprenticeship”.

Iwan McCarthy, commended Y Prentis on all the support they provided him during his apprenticeship and highly recommended the share-apprenticeship to others: “I highly recommend Y Prentis to anyone who is looking to take up a career in Drylining. Just go for it and try not to drop out, as it really is worth it in the end.”

Nicola Murray, Y Prentis assistant programme manager, said: “It’s a fantastic accomplishment for Y Prentis to be able to assist all of our Drylining apprentices in completing their apprenticeships as well as securing full-time work opportunities for them. I am proud of them and wish them the very best with their careers in the construction industry.”