Monday 5th February marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week, and we’re chatting to some of our past and present apprentices about their experience working with us. We recently sat down with Kyle Harris to discuss his career at Elkins Construction, from starting out as an apprentice to his current role as a Multi-Trader.
Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?
I wanted to do an apprenticeship as I’m very hands-on and, in my personal opinion, it’s the best way to learn the job. Of course, you also get paid while you learn, so it’s a bonus.
How did you find out about Elkins?
I found Elkins through a charity called Youth Build, it’s a charity that helps young people like myself find employment and apprenticeships.
What subject was your apprenticeship in and what did it involve?
I did a Multi-Trade Apprenticeship, which was based around property maintenance repairs. This included tiling, plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying, fencing, bathroom and kitchen refurbs, and much more. It gave me a great overview of many different aspects of the construction industry.
How long was your apprenticeship? What happened once it had finished?
My apprenticeship lasted for around two years, and following this, I was offered full time employment at Elkins as a Multi-Trader Operative. Elkins provided me with a work phone/tablet for jobs. I’m sent out to jobs independently, or sometimes with another person if it is more complex, which helps me gain experience and build my confidence.
How did your apprenticeship prepare you for your current role?
My current role as a Multi-Trader is to fix or renew any bad or broken parts within domestic properties. My apprenticeship gave me plenty of experience carrying out this kind of work, as it was based around domestic repairs and disrepair works.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Elkins?
My favourite thing about Elkins is they are a very happy and helpful company, who go above and beyond to help and support you. There is always to someone to talk to, whether it is a work or personal matter. The culture is very positive, and they always try to encourage and uplift you. It is rewarding to be recognised when you have done good work – for example, if a customer rings in to say you have done a good job, the business will highlight this.
What do you get up to outside of work?
Outside of work I practice Mauy Thai, which is a hand-to-hand combat sport, and I also take part in competitions. Most of all though, I love eating cereal and watching films!
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