BLOG: My apprenticeship has given me purpose | Wates

 Sam Allcorn has ADHD and was supported by Bexley Mind who provided him with a work coordinator to support his search for an apprenticeship.

Sam had a keen interest in the construction industry from a young age. On leaving school, he spent a year at Bromley College studying bricklaying but soon realised this wasn’t the career path for him. Following several wide-ranging roles including administration, facilities and working as a general labourer he became interested in taking on a wider construction related role that would offer greater career progression opportunities.

Did you know what career path you wanted to pursue when you left school?

“I wanted to be an accountant or a builder, but my grades limited my options and steered me towards a college course in bricklaying.

“I gained my bricklaying qualifications up to Level 3 but when I got to site I didn’t feel confident in laying bricks at the speed required, so decided to reconsider my career path.

What does your role involve?

“I start at 8am but like to arrive earlier so that I can get myself some breakfast and prepare for the day. I am currently learning to strip properties of internal materials and fittings, how to secure areas in and around the site with fencing, and waste management.

“Before starting this role, I didn’t realise how much gets recycled during the demolition of a building! I am now looking forward to learning more about the external demolition of a building and the plant equipment that is used.

What do you like about your job?

“It might sound a bit silly, but this apprenticeship has given me a sense of belonging in society. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to get my career on track and that I am moving in the right direction in my career.

“I love the physical side of my role and the great team that I work with. Everyone at Erith and Wates Residential have been so supportive. The health and safety across the whole Wates site is outstanding and really shows that people care.

“Ollie, my supervisor, is the best boss I have ever had – he takes the time to show and explain things to me in a patient way and I am really enjoying the learning process.

What skills do you need in your job?

“Maths and English are key. I didn’t get the grades that I needed when I left school, so the college has supported me in retaking these at the same time as studying for my apprenticeship. To start in site, I was also required to pass my Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives (CCDO).

“Finally, I think you need to be highly motivated and want to learn, as well as having good timekeeping and a good standard of general fitness.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

“If I hadn’t been successful in securing this apprenticeship, I would more than likely be working in a warehouse or labouring with very little career progression.  I am very thankful to Erith for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.

“I want to be successful, so I will keep on learning and developing my skills over the next 10 years. This is the best job I have ever had, and I am now excited for my future.”

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