Young people talk about benefits of apprenticeships

Boden, Jack, Edward and Isaac outside Broadacres’ head office in Northallerton.

Young people employed by Broadacres have used National Apprenticeship Week to outline how apprenticeships are working for them.

The Association currently has seven apprentices – Isaac Maury, Boden Conner-Skelton, Ben Person, Jack Heads, Edward Kerridge, Josh Carter and Joe Elliot.

Two of the newest apprentices are Edward and Jack. They started their apprenticeships with Broadacres in September 2017.

Jack, aged 24, Bedale, is on a two-year bricklaying apprenticeship, but is also learning other skills.

He says: “As well as learning how to lay bricks, I am also being taught to plaster and tile, which is great because it’s giving me wider experience of roles within the building industry.

“Everyone has been really patient with me and I am really enjoying my work. I still have plenty of time to go in my apprenticeship, but I know if Broadacres offered me a job today, I would take it because I like working here so much.”

Edward, 18, from Thirsk, is also getting plenty of hands-on experience in his two-year joinery apprenticeship.

He says: “I have been hanging doors, making bannisters, laying floorboards and plasterboard, and I even made a bird table which I donated to Broadacres’ women’s refuge.

“It’s very varied and no day is the same. The thing I like the best is I am learning on the job, which is much better than being in a classroom all day.

“I could see myself working at Broadacres for years, so hopefully I will get this opportunity once my apprenticeship ends.”

Two of Broadacres ‘Class of 2016’ apprentices – Zoe Allan and Shona Brown – went on to be offered full-time roles with the Association.

Zoe, 22, is now a Finance Trainee, following the apprenticeship she did in finance and administration.

She says: “I am approaching my first year working as a trainee and main responsibilities are managing the accounts for Richmondshire and Hambleton Furniture Store and Hambleton Foodshare, as well as supporting the financial performance team.

“I learned a lot during my apprenticeship, which I am building on further now, and I really enjoy my job.”