Case Studies

Shannon Vaughan, Carly's Decorating

Shannon Vaughan started art college after her GCSEs and planned to go to university. When she didn’t get in the first time she applied, Shannon waited another year and was successful, but by then she’d changed her mind and decided she wanted to earn money while learning.

A local school took me on as a Business Administration apprentice, but I knew I didn’t want an office job for the rest of my life – and that’s when I saw Carly’s advert for a Painting and Decorating apprentice through Skills Group.

I’ve always had an interest in interior design, and the Level 2 in Painting and Decorating is the perfect way to be creative as well as hands-on. There is plenty of 1-to-1 support from trainers at Skills Group and I love helping Carly transform people’s homes. An apprenticeship is the best way to get your foot on the career ladder.

Pictured L-R: former Skills Group apprentice Carly Burt, who now runs Carly’s Decorating, and Shannon Vaughan.

Joel Taylor, Dacol Services UK Ltd

Joel Taylor was ready to take his A Levels with a view to going to university, before deciding this wasn’t for him. A rugby coach recommended a career in construction as Joel enjoyed working in a hands-on environment. He found a place with Dacol Services UK Ltd, who recommended an apprenticeship.

Skills Group have been ace. They offer support and have been efficient with paperwork, ensuring everything is up to date.

I am really interested in Painting & Decorating, but I didn’t think at such a late stage that I’d be able to get onto an apprenticeship. I’d certainly recommend Skills Group; they chucked me a bone and took me on, giving me the opportunity to earn and learn.

I want to move to London and build my own Painting & Decorating business. I’ve got a long way to go, but I know that with the skills I’ve gained from Skills Group, I can make it happen.

Kyler Hunt, Lang and Potter

I never really liked school – I misbehaved and got kicked out before GCSEs. I joined Jump Start and then tried a plumbing course but didn’t like that either.

I was working for a golf club and met someone who was a floorer. It sounded like something I thought I could do. So I had a look on the National Apprenticeship Service website and applied for a couple of vacancies, including this one at Lang and Potter.

I’ve been with Lang and Potter for 18 months now and completed my Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2). I’m really enjoying working here – I get out to lots of different places and have meet lots of people.

Apprenticeships are the best route – you’re working and you get paid for it, it’s practical and I’m not stuck in a classroom. I’m hoping that one day I’ll have my own Lang and Potter van.

Jordon Pryke, G D Andrew

As I wanted to do carpentry after leaving school I knew I would become an apprentice, and signed up with college. Unfortunately I broke my wrist and had to drop out as I was getting too far behind. I then applied for a job with G D Andrews, a local construction company, who took me on as a carpentry apprentice.

I finished my Level 2 apprenticeship quite quickly and I’m now doing my Level 3. I believe I’m getting much more out of learning on the job than being in a classroom – and I’m earning!

When I’ve finished and got some more experience under my belt I’d like to travel to Australia with my trade, and work towards becoming a site manager.

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