Apprenticeship helps joiner Ryan build his future

By East Riding of Yorkshire Council | Posted: 6 Mar 2017

From making timber products to installing double-glazed units, East Riding of Yorkshire Council apprentice Ryan Challenger is building himself a bright future developing skills and earning a wage as part of a two-year NVQ Level 2 qualification in joinery.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, from Monday, 6 to Friday, 10 March, the council is promoting the important contribution its 37 apprentices, including Ryan, make and is encouraging other organisations to follow suit and create apprenticeship opportunities.

Before starting his at the authority, Ryan worked for a specialist cleaning company in Little Weighton but was looking for a new challenge.

Ryan said: “I was attracted to an apprenticeship as I wanted to learn skills first hand and I enjoy working. Also having an apprenticeship at the council is beneficial as there is a wide variety of jobs I can work on as a joiner. ”

As part of his apprenticeship, Ryan is learning joinery skills at Hull College and then putting these into practice by working on void properties, installing new kitchens, new doors and any other joinery works that may be required.

His first placement was at the council’s joiners’ shop making timber products, such as gates and doors, ready for distribution to other depots across the authority for them to install. He also made double-glazed units for the council’s housing stock before going out and fitting them.

Ryan said: “Everyday I’m learning something new with some great people, I’m finding joinery very interesting and enjoy interacting with the members of the public.”

Councillor John Barrett, cabinet portfolio holder for council corporate services and performance, said: “Apprenticeships offer a great career path as they provide hands-on experience as well as the chance to learn new skills, develop knowledge and gain qualifications all whilst earning a wage.

“Ryan is an excellent example of how this council is committed to providing employment opportunities for our residents and that working for a local authority can be rewarding.

“There is currently a national drive to reform apprenticeships to provide the opportunity for people of all ages to undertake qualifications, funded by a new training levy. In addition to the traditional level 2 and 3 qualifications, people may also be able to undertake higher level qualifications.

“Whilst further details and guidance on the apprenticeship reforms is being finalised, the council continues to encourage its service areas and schools, internally, and businesses and other organisations, externally, to consider offering apprenticeship opportunities.”

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