Local Joinery apprentices Joseph and Kane are both well on their way to one day achieving their dreams of setting up their own businesses.
Both are on Level 2 Joinery apprenticeships – which will later progress to Level 3 – with Etches Construction in Hyde and have been supported by Tameside Council Trade Grants, which provide up to £1000 for apprentices or young people starting out in their own trade to buy equipment and uniforms.
Joseph said: “All my mates have to juggle full time college and a part time job -we do the same hours but I get paid whilst I’m learning. It’s easy to apply – you just apply the same way you would with A levels.
“The Trade Grant was a great help - I wouldn’t have been able to buy my drill without it.
“My proudest achievement was fitting a window for the first time without needing much supervision.
“I’m looking forward to being fully qualified and setting up on my own.”
Kane has similar ambitions to Joseph, he said: “I’d like to be self-employed and have my own business in the next three years.
“I’ve learned such a lot and also my maths has really improved – anything you do wrong is money in the real world so maths is important.
“The work we do depends on the job but it can be anything from doors, flooring, kitchens or laminate. It’s hard work but it doesn’t seem like it when you’re busy. College breaks up the week and you learn both on the job and in college.
“I would recommend that people give an apprenticeship a go – you gain experience on the job and quickly develop skills. Just look into what you are interested in and go on a trial.”
To find out more about Tameside apprenticeships see http://www.tameside-apprentices.org and for more information on Tameside Council Trade Grants see http://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideJobsPledges/TradeGrant