This week is National Apprenticeship Week, an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the positive impact apprenticeships have on businesses and individuals. Apprenticeships are a great way to bring people into the industry and offer them the chance to build a career for life. Apprenticeships combine real work with training and study towards a qualification. The knowledge learned is put straight into practice whilst earning a salary.
We have several colleagues at Omega Red Group who have their own experiences of apprenticeships. Click on a case study below to find out more.
Jake Byrom, Apprentice
I started my apprenticeship with Omega Red nine months ago. I was working in retail at the time and fancied a career change. Two of my friends had completed the apprenticeship and recommended the course. I had never done anything like this before, but I went into it with an open mind and felt excited to be starting a new challenge.
Andrew Smith, Branch Manager
I joined Omega Red in November 2007 as a 2nd year apprentice having completed year one of my apprenticeship with another employer. Joining Omega Red was always my main goal having been unsuccessful when applying the first time in 2006.
I completed my two-year apprenticeship then continued my learning as a support operative for a further year until getting my own van and becoming a foreman. This role involved leading a team and installing lightning protection systems at various sites around the UK.
Jack Lomas, Branch Manager
Despite doing very well in my GCSEs at age 16, I was bored with education and keen to get a head start in my career. I decided an apprenticeship was the best way to do this as I could learn a trade, working alongside other professionals in the field whilst being supported via a structured training programme – a bonus of course was being paid a wage at the same time.
Omega Red Group supported this journey by putting me through a two-year apprenticeship. This involved working in the field and six months studying at the NCC facility in Kings Lynn towards NVQ Level 2 in Access & Rigging – Lightning Conductor Engineer.
Roy Westwick, Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality Manager
I started my career as a steeplejack apprentice in 1988. The three-year course involved training in church/chimney restorations, lightning protection installations, and personal safety while working at height using Bosun chairs, flying scaffolding and temporary ladders for access. During my apprenticeship I was presented with the Dr Short Award for academic achievement at the Construction Industries Training Centre in Kings Lynn.