As a child, I often helped my dad do DIY around the home, from removing wallpaper to plumbing.

I was home-schooled for 8 years and, at the age of 16, got involved with the Prince's Trust course. The course really helped me gain confidence and self-belief. During my time on the course, I did two weeks' work experience at ADS (Abington Decorating Supplies) in Northampton; this helped build my confidence and also put something on my CV.

I spent three years at Moulton College doing a full-time plumbing course where I gained Functional Skills in English and Maths and Level 1, 2 & 3 Plumbing Diplomas, at distinction.

Practical skills have always come easy to me and I have always loved doing things with my hands.

Based Northampton
Employer Mike Poole Decorators

Tell us a bit more about your role.

My role working in construction is mainly within the domestic market, so my duties include preparing surfaces, applying paint with brushes and rollers, hanging wallpaper and, of course, as any good apprentice does, I make the boss Mike’s coffee! Mike is also a Construction Ambassador, so I’ve been able to assist him with his work in this. It’s given me the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience, particularly with interview techniques and what I’ve learned in my life as an apprentice.

The highlight of the day is when we’ve finished a job to a really high standard and then see the finished result.

Rebecca Gill

Apprentice painter & decorator

What do you love about your job?

Practical skills have always come easy to me and I have always loved doing things with my hands. So something that I love to do is cutting in skirting boards and door frames.

The highlight of the day is when we’ve finished a job to a really high standard and then see the finished result.


Where do you want your career to take you?

I would like to become a fully-qualified painter and decorator, and work within a company supporting other young apprentices.


What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in construction?

I would tell them to find a bit of work experience, ie working for someone local at the weekends, and going and having a try at construction jobs you could see yourself doing.

I’d definitely suggest you send letters and ring local companies asking for work experience, even if it’s only for a few hours. And it may be worthwhile targeting local companies who employ apprentices and who are members of local training groups, eg Northampton Construction Training Group.

 

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