It’s National Apprenticeship Week so we thought it was only right to spotlight some of our apprentices who are (quite literally) helping to Build the Future.
Jay Bradford, apprentice site manager
Jay is completing a Level 4 NVQ Site Supervision Apprenticeship with us, alongside the National House Building Council (NHBC)
What made you pursue an apprenticeship?
- I knew an apprenticeship would give me the opportunity to learn on the job and have a day at college which I feel is better for my knowledge. There’s a lot to be learned at your workplace that you can’t necessarily be taught outside of work. What made you pursue a career in construction? What would you be doing if it wasn’t a construction apprenticeship? I had been working on construction sites for a year before my apprenticeship with Watson Homes and couldn’t imagine myself in any other industry as I feel like I fit right in. I have always been interested in electrical work; I would’ve looked at electrical apprenticeships if I wasn’t doing this apprenticeship.
Hafizur Rahman, apprentice site manager
Hafi is currently completing a site manager apprenticeship.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
- I think experience is just as valuable as a university degree so an apprenticeship was a no brainer. It gives me the best of both worlds and lets me get a head start in my career which will make the transition to the full-time role a lot easier! If I wasn’t doing my construction apprenticeship, I probably would have done a business degree but I really wanted to get out on site.
- How are you finding being an apprentice?
- I am enjoying being an apprentice as I’m constantly learning. I have enjoyed learning from experienced professionals and seeing how they approach new problems. There is a lot to learn but I am exposed to new things all the time.
It was a challenge figuring out how to balance work whilst completing college assignments but the fact that I have a genuine interest in my studies has helped a lot. My employer has supported me with study days when I have required them which has made it a lot easier to keep up with college deadlines.