Construction Case Studies
Construction Apprentice: Scott Simm
“My apprenticeship has definitely developed my skills. There is no better way of gaining the skills I need than by learning on the job.”Scott Simm
How did you get the apprenticeship?
Joinery was my favourite subject at high school, so I knew that I wanted to do a joinery course after I finished my GSCEs. Once I left high school I enrolled on a level 1 Joinery course at ProCo. Completing the course helped me develop my skills and build my confidence. When I was nearing the end of my course, ProCo set up a six week work trial with SAM joinery. I impressed during the trial and so the company recruited me as an apprentice.
What are your day-to-day jobs as an apprentice?
I complete the first fix of construction jobs, which means I construct ceilings, floors as well as wall frames and boards so they can be plastered. I also fit doors onto door frames and fit skirting boards. I work with SAM joinery four days a week and I train at ProCo one day a week to develop the joinery skills further and gain my functional skills in Maths and English.
What was the biggest challenge when you started your apprenticeship?
I work all across the North West and the UK, so I have to wake up early –I usually start work at 6.45am. At first it was a shock to get up so early but I have got used to it now.
How has your apprenticeship helped you?
My apprenticeship has definitely developed my skills. My on-site skills have improved; it’s very different learning in a workshop and working on site in the cold. There is no better way of gaining the skills I need than by learning on the job.