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Richard

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Apprenticeship

What is your current job and what does your role involve?

Property Maintenance apprenticeship. This involves keeping student accommodation well maintained and working between different sites of Kingston university. I change lightbulbs, fix door locks, some plumbing-unblocking sinks, fire alarm testing, ensuring that the students’ don't have any banned items in their rooms, painting doors and walls, and laying new carpet tiles.

What training or education did you undertake to get to where you are today and are you still working towards any qualifications?

I have achieved my Level 2 Construction Skills diploma and I am working towards a Level 2 in Property Maintenance and functional skills in English and maths.

How has your employer supported you in the workplace and have they made any adjustments for you, if required?

My colleagues make me feel comfortable and if I'm struggling to read something they will help, such as my online tests. They provided me with a full uniform, new tools and a work phone. I get sent a list of jobs to my phone on a daily basis which helps me plan my day.

What is the best thing about your current job or apprenticeship?

Having a great team!

What challenges have you faced when finding and starting work and how have you overcome these?

I found work easily in a bar but it wasn't what I really wanted to do although the experience gave me confidence. AfC helped me to find a career that I was more interested in and was more promising for the future.

What support did you get to help you achieve your goals and gain employment? This could include, from school, college Achieving for Children, project mentors?

I was told about the opportunity with Engie from the team at AfC as they wanted to encourage young people with EHCPs to apply.

What are your future career plans?

I don't really think ahead but I would like to become an electrician and gain qualifications in this area to combine it with property maintenance. I'd like to be with the same team though as they are good colleagues and we all have a laugh together.

Any other comments?

This apprenticeship is much better than working in the pub!