National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is the 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships. Here at WJL, we’ve had several team members who have undertaken apprenticeships with us!

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it’s like to be an apprentice?

This years’ National Apprenticeship Week 2022 theme is “Build the Future”. This theme shines a light on the benefits for both individuals and businesses; apprentices can gain experience within a workplace whilst employers can add fresh talent to their workforce.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week we wanted to allow our amazing apprentices to share their experiences of taking the apprenticeship route life. We’ll be asking some of our team about their experience to date, showcase how apprenticeship schemes can have a positive influence on a young persons career journey.

Why are apprenticeships important?

Businesses often have trouble finding appropriate individuals to fill in specific roles, which is why apprenticeships can open up new possibilities for both the employer and the employee.

Apprenticeship programmes help businesses to choose a perfect candidate, who can then train and expand their knowledge in a real-life working environment. Apprenticeships can be extremely valuable to those who seek to gain new experience whilst advancing their skills further in the chosen field. As a result, having the right skills and experience while also being integrated within the company culture can create an opportunity to receive a permanent job within that workplace.

What else can an apprenticeship offer me?

Another great bonus of being an apprentice is earning money whilst you train. The current National Minimum Wage rate for apprentices is £4.30, however, as you progress further in your career, the salary will also increase. The bonus? You’ll complete the scheme whilst qualifying, and won’t be lumped with paying back University tuition fees.

What is it like to be an apprentice at WJL?

Our team provides apprentices with full training, ensuring that help and support are available at all times, providing guidance and answering any questions they might have.

At WJL, apprentices flourish – Ben and Luke are two such examples. They have been with us for 4 years now, and the effort and determination they put in their work cannot be unrecognised. They are an important part of the team, and the workshop would simply not be the same without them. Here’s a little quote of what Luke’s got to say about the apprenticeship himself:

National Apprenticeship Week

“Undertaking an apprenticeship here at WJL has been the best career decision for me. In the four years I’ve been here, I’ve been able to learn about all the different elements of bespoke joinery for a wide range of clients. Every job is different, which keeps things exciting. I would recommend an apprenticeship route to anyone who isn’t sure what job they’d like to do, as it’s a great way to earn money whilst learning.” – Luke Jones.

In addition, we have Jack & Olivia, who initially joined WJL on an apprenticeship scheme.

Olivia’s has been with WJL for over 7 years, initially undertaking a business administration apprenticeship. Alongside learning the ‘tricks of the trade’, Olivia also soon realised how many great skills she had ended up developing, including “confidently answering and talking on the telephone”.

We asked her to give one piece of advice for anyone looking to start an apprenticeship; – “Do it, I gained more than just a qualification. I found a new career in a sector that I never thought I would work in”. Find out more about Olivia’s Apprenticeship experience by checking out our blog from last year.

Jack has also been part of the WJL team for just over 7 years. As our trustworthy estimator, Jack faces different challenges every day, but by taking an apprentice path, he got to work with a team of experts who had taught him some of the most valuable skills, such as learning to secure a tender whilst minimising any potential error”.

If you think an apprenticeship is a suitable route and you’d like to WJL then please visit this page for details on how to apply or email: recruitment@wjlcontracts.co.uk.