What originally attracted you to taking an apprenticeship at Catalyst?
I knew through studying at sixth form that university wasn’t for me as I always found it boring and hard sitting in one place without being active. The hours of lectures and everything around university didn’t appeal to me. Other than the going out partying which probably would have ruined my university course! Also, learning to do something whilst being independent and getting paid was a great appeal.
What have you learnt from doing an apprenticeship as opposed to further learning or full-time work?
I have learnt so much over the past 3 years. I started doing my kitchen and bathroom apprenticeship and learnt the whole trade, so I was confident and able to fit kitchens and bathrooms for our customers on my own. Having recently passed my Level 2 Plumbing & Heating, I have moved onto my level 3 Gas apprenticeship.
What would you say to a future Catalyst Apprentice looking to sign up to an apprenticeship whilst working full-time?
I thrive off the satisfaction of a before and after photo or scenario. I definitely think over the past couple of years the demand for apprenticeships has risen incredibly and this is more than likely because there is a lot more knowledge on the benefits and what you can gain from them!
For a future apprentice that doesn’t want to go into full time education, I would say search your hardest for an apprenticeship within a career that you would like to do for the rest of your life. You will gain skills and be taught many things and the majority of the time you build a good rapport with your managers and colleagues so you will have an edge when it comes to a permanent job once you have finished your apprenticeship.