Meet the apprentice

james cartledge apprentice

1) What made you want to join the construction industry in the first place?

My uncle was a big inspiration for me to join the construction industry. I learnt a lot from him about the projects he was working on and what he had achieved, so I followed in his footsteps and began learning a trade and building a career. Eventually, I settled on plumbing as my trade of choice.

2) How did you go about getting onto your current programme?

After leaving high school, I decided to go straight into an apprenticeship programme and applied for one through PM Training. I was delighted when I was offered an interview with Seddon as the firm has a reputation for being a great company to do an apprenticeship with. As you might expect, I was quite nervous on the day of the interview – but the turmoil was definitely worth it once I found out I’d got the apprenticeship.

3) What have you done so far?

I’m currently working on Seddon’s £14 million Slater Street regeneration project for leading housing provider Sanctuary Group. Once complete, the development will include extra care apartments for the over 55s as well as family homes. I’ve been getting to grips with so many varied aspects of plumbing, and have particularly enjoyed doing fusion welding. Working on a site is fantastic – there are so many different aspects of construction going on all around you, and the foreman and site manager have been great at showing me the ropes.

4) What do you hope to achieve in your career?

Once I have done my apprenticeship, I hope to be able to move up the career ladder to foreman and possibly beyond.

5) What do all of your mates think of what you do?

I think they admire that I’m learning a trade, getting paid and securing my career all at the same time.

6) Where do you think we will see you in ten years’ time?

Hopefully I’ll be a qualified plumber working with Seddon.