30th Apr 2015
Last week, MP John Howell came to visit BarrJoinery to hear more about the successful apprenticeship schemes running here and to congratulate ‘Zak Lafford’ on his Southern Region Apprentice of the Year Award.
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Mr Howell, accompanied by Paddy Patterson of Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, visited businesses around Thame, which have taken a leading role in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Programme. Oxfordshire Apprenticeships was set up to allow people to find out about local opportunities, to learn about other people's experiences and understand how they can get started.
Mr Howell met and talked to four of the apprentices at BarrJoinery, and sister company StuartBarrCDR, where he learnt about the company’s emphasis on training and promotion from within and the opportunities the apprenticeship scheme affords local youngsters. By supporting careers events at local schools and providing structured work experience placements for 15/16 year olds, young people get an insight into the company and the construction industry. Each year new apprentices are taken on and mentored by skilled craftsmen, learning specialist trades on site, whilst studying for NVQ qualifications.
The management team at StuartBarrCDR are keen to remind those guiding young people that real experience can be as important as academic qualifications for many young people. Work experience and apprenticeship schemes offer real opportunities which can be life changing.