Dorset carpenter shapes construction career thanks to Shared Apprenticeships South West and Midas Construction
A dedicated carpentry apprentice is shaping a career in the construction industry thanks to a pioneering south west scheme.
Sam Vale joined forces with Shared Apprenticeships South West (SASW) when he left school at 16, working with the organisation to gain work experience alongside industry-leading qualifications.
With aspirations to become a carpenter, Sam impressed a team of contractors so much that he was offered a permanent position with one regional firm.
Now 18, Sam has begun working with IIT Carpentry after his apprentice host contractor Midas Construction praised his workmanship and positive attitude to learning.
“I have really enjoyed my time learning about the construction industry and carpentry and am so pleased that my hard work during the apprenticeship has seen me gain a permanent job doing what I love,” said Sam from Bournemouth.
“SASW and Midas both saw something special in me and have supported me throughout my training so I can now go in to a career, confident in my skills and knowledge of carpentry. I am excited to see what comes next.”
Sam first heard about the work of SASW whilst still at school and was keen to find out more about how the organisation could help him fulfil his career dreams. With fond memories of helping to chop wood with his grandad, Sam wanted to grow his skills and knowledge of the trade while gaining a practical insight into the construction industry.
After signing up with SASW, Sam began working on a variety of different sites with host contractor Midas Construction, working on projects including a school, nursery and a care village. He also spent a day a week in the classroom, gaining his site carpentry qualifications.
“I enjoyed working with Midas because they were very supportive and didn’t put pressure on me for tasks to be completed too quickly,” he said. “This meant I could take my time with the work to ensure that it was neat and to the highest standards. The Midas team were also very good when I needed help with my studies.”
By being given the opportunity to work alongside a team of experienced tradespeople, Sam also became savvy in a number of other ways.
“I have learnt and improved many skills since working with Midas and their subcontractors.” he said. “Site teams have involved me in as many different aspects of projects as possible, which has expanded my knowledge of carpentry techniques and has also helped me to improve my communication skills as I am working alongside so many new people.”
Impressing Midas, it was suggested he work with sub-contractor IIT Carpentry on one development in a bid to help him gain even more industry know-how.
“Through Dan Coniam, the senior project manager, Midas said that I could work with them to gain more experience which would enhance my NVQ portfolio. The boss of IIT carpentry had heard good things from my supervisor on site and after speaking with me, offered to take me on. I started working with IIT in the summer and I’m studying towards a higher level carpentry qualification to further enhance my skills.”
The trainee carpenter has praised the support he received from SASW, an organisation that pairs construction companies with apprentices in a bid to boost the industry and inject a new generation of workers in to the sector. Apprentices are recruited, trained and managed through the scheme, with SASW finding them paid work with host contractors throughout the region.
Emma Norton, Programme Manager for SASW, said: “We are so pleased to see Sam’s hard work and dedication pay off with a permanent job. He has been an outstanding apprentice who I am sure will go far in the industry. His success highlights how rewarding and successful an apprenticeship can be in offering people a way to begin their career in construction.”
As part of the Midas ethos to support up and coming construction workers, the firm is keen to welcome apprentices on to its many construction sites across the South West, Wales, Midlands and South East.
Michelle Cole, Midas’ group community engagement manager, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for people to take that first step into the construction industry, earning a wage while beginning a fulfilling career in a range of trade and technical job roles.
“Investing in apprentices is a way for Midas to help secure the future of the industry and bring fresh, exciting new ideas into the sector. We wish Sam all the best for his future, and look forward to him working on more of our sites locally.”
Sam hopes to continue learning and growing as he trains to become a carpenter whilst also taking the time to share his knowledge and experience with others.
“I would like to become a supervisor and in the future have my own carpentry company, which invests in and supports its own quality workforce in the way that I have been supported.”