NWH celebrate apprentice week
It was National Apprenticeship Week 2021 from 8 to 14 February 2021. The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.
North Wales Housing are extremely supportive of apprentiships, and have a long history of taking on apprentices. We currently have three apprentices; Dylan Williams, Daniel Porter and Eric Bee, all of whom work under the Maintenance Team.
As part of Apprentice Week Wales they shared their apprenticeship journey with us. Here’s what they had to say:
Multi skilled apprentice
“I’ve been an apprentice for just over a year at North Wales Housing. Before I started my role as a multi skilled apprentice, I was a Customer Service Advisor with NWH. I always wanted to learn a trade and have really enjoyed working out on the tools.
I’m currently studying joinery at Llandrillo college and on track to achieve my level 2 NVQ qualification at the end of this academic year.
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of undertaking a variety of different jobs from hanging doors, fitting skirting/ architraves and kitchens, to slabbing and plastering. I’ve had the opportunity to work with all the multi skilled operatives, whom have all been great to learn from and I’m looking forward to learning more skills during my apprenticeship.”
Apprentice, Rakes and Ladders
“I am an apprentice in the Rakes and Ladders team. I had been doing outdoor work for a while at my grandparents’ house and really enjoyed it. When I realised sixth form wasn’t for me and I saw the North Wales Housing advertisement for an apprentice grounds maintenance operative, I knew it would be a good opportunity for me.
I joined straight out of school, and it has been great! I have learnt lots of new skills about grounds maintenance but also about life. During the winter time we are cutting back on sites, and every other week I am on repairs which includes are variety of different tasks such as fencing, guttering and slabbing. Fencing is probably my favourite as I enjoy making things. During the summer we go onto cutting grass, which makes a nice change from being cold in the winter.
I am also studying towards a level 2 NVQ in horticulture. I have lots of training coming up too, just recently I went on a chainsaw course. I work with a really supportive team, and I’d say we make a great team!”
Apprentice Gas engineer
Eric started with us back in September 2019. He is completing his apprenticeship in gas engineering. He has been working with Jamie Williams and learning all sorts of different things from him.
Due to the pandemic a lot of his college time has been moved online but Eric is hoping to be able to return to the college to do some ‘socially distanced’ work in the next few weeks.