We’ve always been enthusiastic and passionate about our apprentices and interns and we love seeing them through their training time and developing long and successful careers with us. Every year we take on a bunch of new apprentices, to complete the three year course, and in September we welcomed 35 new apprentices to the company. Now, 100 days later, we take a look at the progress of some of our new apprentices as well as here from one who has completed the course.
Gemma is an apprentice plumber assigned to the Croydon contract was supported to apply through the Shaw Trust. Gemma did undertake a period of work experience with Axis before starting as an apprentice plumber. “I was delighted to be taken on as an Apprentice Plumber by Axis! Since I started I have learned about Asbestos, how to use power tools, what’s the right tool for the right job and have been given more responsibility along the way. I’ve recently completed my first job which was to replace a toilet.”
Gemma attends Croydon College on Thursdays to study for an NVQ2 in Plumbing while also working on key functional skills in English to combat her dyslexia: “I’m working to tackle my learning disabilities and the Croydon College team have been very supportive, enabling me to feel more confident in the recording of my work for Axis.”
Charlie is assigned to the Amicus Horizon contract based in Sittingbourne. He is supported by one of our operatives who has already completed the apprenticeship, Michael Kitts. “I enjoy working with Michael, he’s been brilliant. He’s taught me how to plaster a ceiling and is really helping me develop my skills.”
Charlie currently attends East Kent College, undertaking the NVQ2 in plastering, every Monday: “I enjoy going to college and being with the other apprentices. I feel very supported by my tutors through all the training, such as Health and Safety.
“I’m enjoying the apprenticeship and thank Axis for all their support because it has changed my life and I wish to be with Axis for a long time.”
Gabrielle undertook work experience with us and was supported by the Shaw Trust. Gabrielle is a plumber and works on the Croydon contract with Gemma. Gabrielle attends Croydon College, working towards a NVQ2 in plumbing: “I’m enjoying Croydon College and found the team are very supportive and I’m learning what’s required to be a good plumber. I achieved 89% in my Health & Safety exam. I owe this to all the Health and Safety training and policies at work with Axis.
“I’m really enjoying the Apprenticeship and the team have been really supportive. I’m learning a lot and look forward to completing my apprenticeship!”
Harry has completed a plumbing apprenticeship with us which he started in September 2011. He found out about his apprenticeship through his school, the Oasis Academy in Isle of Sheppey. That year, three out of the ten students who applied got a place on the apprenticeship. Harry is now based in Sittingbourne, working full time for Axis. On his apprenticeship, Harry said:
“The Apprenticeship was very good and provided me with an opportunity that I am so grateful for. My advice for any new apprentice is to work hard and always have a good attitude!”