Students learn about trade apprenticeships

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Construction students in Hemsworth were visited by two apprentices who spoke about their jobs in the building trade.

James Welsh, an apprentice joiner, and Declan Thompson, an apprentice roofer, spoke to young people from Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy about what they do on a day-to-day basis and what grades the students would need to start an apprenticeship.

The event was organised by Wakefield District Housing to promote its recently- launched apprenticeship programme.

It gave students a chance to find out what being a trade apprentice is like.

The two apprentices both work for WDH and the students are all studying level two BTEC in construction.

Steve Warrillow, construction tutor at the college, said: “This is the first time we’ve linked up with WDH and it’s really worthwhile. It pushes pupils towards local opportunities.

“With many students finding the labour market a daunting prospect, it’s nice to be able to give them as much information as possible. ”

Jane Gwilliam, a tenant involvement officer at WDH, helped arrange the visit.

She said: “The students we met are just seven weeks away from finishing their studies so it’s a great opportunity for them to learn more about the types of jobs they might move into.

“Both James and Declan gave an excellent overview of what an apprenticeship entails, and the students asked plenty of great questions.”