Malcolm's #NAW17 story
Malcolm started his apprenticeship in February 1984 at Congleton Borough Council, and has effectively stayed part of the same team ever since; the council’s housing stock was later taken over by Dane Housing, and after a merger became Plus Dane in 2008.
Malcolm, from Stoke-on-Trent, says: “When I left school I knew I always wanted to be in the building trade, and I was very lucky to get this job – I remember more than 200 kids applied for the apprenticeship. That sort of on-the-job training was really hard to get in the 80s, and I always remember when I started, one of the old bricklayers telling me I’d never see it out – and here I am 33 years later!
“It was a five year apprenticeship, and I’m still learning today. There’s always new technology and new things to study. It’s a job with so much variety, and I enjoy getting out, meeting the tenants and helping them however I can.
“At the end of the day, I enjoy my job and the work I get to do. It’s a really positive thing that the tenants can trust us 100% and know we get work done right. I feel I have job security and I’m part of a really good team that gets along really well.
“The career I’ve had all started with an apprenticeship, so I wanted to show the young people coming through today that apprenticeships really are a great way to learn skills that will allow you to move into a rewarding, full time job, and hopefully be able to provide work for life.”