Last year we took on our very first Apprentice at JR Williams and already we can say that it’s been great to see the progress he has made and all the fantastic ways he’s contributed to the business. This firstly began with a four week trial so that we could monitor the progress and see how he responded to new situations, and we were certainly impressed. Following this trial he then officially became part of the team straight away, and it inspired us to continue investing in new and fresh talent and helping more young people on their pathway to their chosen career.
We wanted to share the experience we’ve had and talk about all the positives that come from Apprenticeships, in hope of encouraging other businesses to take on these young people, as well as make more young people aware of how this can really benefit them in their career.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for young people to get their foot in the door and receive hands on experience as well as an education in their chosen field. Spending all day everyday sat in a classroom absorbing information rather using practical skills, isn’t for everybody. This is why Apprenticeships are designed to give young people the best of both parts, and train them through short bursts inside a classroom, which improve their knowledge and teach them about new skills and techniques that they can then apply in the real world.
Another bonus of Apprenticeships is the money. For young people, it can be difficult balancing college with a job, but with Apprenticeships, you’re actually earning an income whilst you do it. This also contributes to having your own sense of independence. Furthermore, you’re trained in a way that will help you in the future. So, when you go on to work somewhere else in the future, the experience and the way that you’ve been trained will appeal to employers, sometimes more so than those who have just studied the subject and don’t yet have the practical skills.
We started training our Apprentice by sending him out on jobs to work alongside team members that were more experienced. This meant that he could be shown first hand how to respond to unique situations, as well as help out and take on some of the smaller tasks himself. We wanted to send our Apprentice out on as many jobs as possible, as this demonstrated all the different kinds of things that can be thrown at us in plumbing, and showed a broad selection of approaches and various techniques and skills that can be used.
We have now surpassed the 12 month milestone with our first Apprentice and are keen to take on more as it’s not only been a good learning experience for him, but for us, too. We’ve really enjoyed seeing him progress and become a more solid part of the team here at JR Williams. It would be great if we could give more and more young people opportunities like this in the future, and that is what we aim to do.
If you know anybody wanting to start an Apprenticeship in plumbing just like this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today for a chat.