Every month we’re selecting two sectors and awarding apprentices who go above and beyond in their on and off-the-job training. February’s sectors are Engineering & Automotive and Teaching & Education.
Jack Northmore, an Engineering & Automotive apprentice with Demon International, has been awarded Apprentice of the Month for showing outstanding commitment throughout his Level 2 apprenticeship. He is always on time, despite helping out on the family farm in the mornings before work, and has an excellent work ethic.
We stole Jack for 5 minutes to talk apprenticeships…
Best thing about your apprenticeship?
My apprenticeship has been good fun; you’re more involved in your learning than you are at school. I like the practical approach to training and the fact that you can earn while working towards a nationally-recognised qualification.
What are your career ambitions?
Now I’ve completed my Level 2 I’d definitely like to go on to the Level 3 and carry on building on what I’ve learnt so far.
How do you rate Skills Group?
I would recommend Skills Group to anyone looking to start an apprenticeship!
Drive your career forward with an Engineering & Automotive apprenticeship.
Bradley Cox was always interested in pursuing a more practical based route towards a career rather than an academic one. He knew he wanted to get straight into something and has always had an interest in cars.
After speaking to a family friend who was looking for an apprentice, Bradley was taken on as a car body repair apprentice.
I was lucky to be given the opportunity to become an apprentice. I was intrigued by it, and I’m someone who believes in trying everything – so I am glad I did. The more and more I worked in car body repair, the more and more I loved it.
After 18 months Bradley moved to John Card Accident Repair Centre, where he began working towards his Level 2 in Spray Painting.
I love my job, there’s so much satisfaction from seeing a car come in damaged and being able to work on it to help bring it back to where it should be.
There’s a great team here, we all work really hard for each other. The apprenticeship has helped me learn so many skills, not just spray painting. I can chip in on other stages of the damage repair too.
I didn’t know what I wanted to do after my GCSEs but I knew I wanted to start earning some money. When I spoke to Careers South West, they put me in touch with Skills Group who told me about the different apprenticeships I could do. I’d enjoyed engineering at school so went for a Level 2 Fabrication and Welding apprenticeship with Demon.
I completed my apprenticeship in a year and was offered a job as Demon’s Service Engineer. I’m now running the service department, looking after the repair and maintenance of our pressure washers, and I’m training up two other engineers.
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship – you get paid to learn!