Apprenticeship Interview: Jake Moore, Carpenter

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Apprenticeship Interview: Jake Moore, Carpenter

Apprenticeship Interview: Jake Moore, Carpenter


Which company do you work for and what do they do?

I work for a Worcestershire-based carpentry company, SB Carpentry.

Why did you want to enrol in an apprenticeship?

I have always wanted to be a carpenter but it is really difficult to find a job in construction without any on-site experience. By enrolling in the WCAA I am combining college and practical learning on site which will help me stand out when it comes to applying for full time jobs.

How has the WCAA helped you?

The WCAA has given me a £500 voucher to put towards my toolkit. Having my own set of tools has helped improve the quality of my work. If it wasn’t for this voucher, I would have had to pay for the toolkit out of my own pocket, which is a lot of money for a student.

Where do you want your career to progress?

Ideally, I would like to carry on working with Stuart at SB Carpentry. We work really well together and a lot of Stuart’s work is installing joists and constructing roofs which is what I enjoy most.

Stuart Breeze,

SB Carpentry owner

Have you taken an apprentice on before?

No, this is my first. If I was to find another apprentice as hard working as Jake, I would definitely take them on too.

What are the benefits of taking on an apprentice?

Before Jake, I was a one man band and therefore was restricted to what work I could take on. The majority of my work was first fixings but now I am able to do a variety of carpentry jobs including the construction of roofs as I have a second pair of hands.

Would you recommend the WCAA to other businesses?

Yes. Financially, the WCAA has made it affordable to take on an apprentice. I received £500 upon completion of Jake’s first three months with SB Carpentry and I will receive another £500 after 12 months, which will go towards Jake’s wages.

You have to invest a lot of time into your apprentice so it is important that you get someone who is willing to put the work in. The benefit of going through the WCAA is that they vet the students beforehand so you can feel confident that you are getting someone who is fully committed.

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