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National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Apprentices from Tai Calon Community Housing and one of its contractors got together to encourage other young people to follow in their footsteps. They were celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by explaining what they have achieved from their training schemes.

Tai Calon has apprentices in its Property Services team as well as Clean & Green which was set up 18 months ago and offers a new modern apprenticeship in environmental services. The team is involved in maintaining community green spaces and carrying out neighbourhood improvements, including replacing fencing and planting trees.

Apprentices Jamie Fox and Michael Vale both enjoy working outdoors and couldn’t imagine having an office-based job.

“I love being outside in all weathers. We have been learning lots of different things and my ambition is to continue to work for Tai Calon,” said Jamie Fox.
Michael Vale added: “I didn’t like being at college and prefer being an apprentice because I can learn on the job. I was out of work before starting my apprenticeship and I am really happy in my job.”

One of their colleagues, Aaron Browning, has just been appointed as an Assistant Community Involvement Worker on a 12 month contract. “I really enjoy working for Tai Calon, my apprenticeship has given me a purpose for my life. To gain promotion is just fantastic, I couldn’t have imagined all this happening to me a year ago.”

Callum Davies and Louis Sergio began their careers with Torfaen based A P Waters as labourers. Now they are apprentices with the contractor which works for Tai Calon.

“I had to work hard to get an apprenticeship, however it has all paid off,” said Callum Davies. Louis Sergio agreed: “I would definitely recommend it to anyone. At the end of your apprenticeship you will become a fully qualified tradesperson.”

Tai Calon’s Employment Coach is Phil Meek. “Modern apprenticeships give individual skills that they can use throughout their working life. While it may be difficult to get one in the first place, it is certainly worth all the effort.”

Anyone interested in finding out about apprenticeships can get more information at Tai Calon’s Work Club held every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm at its offices in Blaina.

You can hear what the apprentices had to say on facebook.com/taicalon and here:

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