Case studies from real apprentices

Apprenticeship James Cartwright

James, aged 17, joined PM Training, working on Homeworks vans where he enjoyed landscaping and passing his qualifications in maths and English.

After nine months James was placed as an apprentice with construction firm Seddon, working towards an NVQ level 2 in Construction Operations. He said: “I did a BTEC in construction when I was in my last year at high school with PM Training. I thought about what I wanted to do and what I was good at.

I am dyslexic and I used to have help at school, but I like being outside and getting my hands dirty, so I thought construction was the right thing for me.”

He has spent his first few months helping to build new homes on a site in Shelton.

James said: “I’ve been taking materials to the guys on the site, making sure they have everything they need. I’ve been checking for trip hazards and making sure everyone has their proper health and safety equipment.”


After dropping out of college, Chloe Humphries ended up working in a fast food takeaway.

But the 21-year-old, from May Bank, discovered PM Training could transform her path in life. She spent three years working hard and achieving three qualifications to boost her confidence and give her the skills to succeed. Now she is working at AdGifts Online in sales and admin, and she has won an award in recognition of her hard work.

She was one of a string of apprentices to be commended at the annual Aspire Group Apprentice awards bash.

She said: “I think it is very important apprentices are recognised for the work they do, I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.”

Apprentice Ben Parkes

A young joiner has turned his back on bad behaviour and found his feet in a ‘real job’.

Ben Parkes, aged 17, is working as an apprentice joiner at Taylor Made Joinery and has a promising career ahead of him.

Ben started at PM Training in Shelton in January 2014 and completed his functional skills level 2. He did a work experience placement and in just five months, he progressed to a job at Taylor Made Joinery.

He added: “I enjoy being in a real job. I love to be on construction sites and am learning a lot with the support of PM Training and my bosses Craig Loyd and Kevin Pyatt. It’s helping me to save for driving lessons and making my family proud of me. Things are looking up.”

Craig Lloyd, at Taylor Made Services, said: “Ben is progressing well and getting used to working with other people on site. His attitude is good and he is willing to work and go that bit further, and I feel that is where PM Training have prepared him for the working world well. He is also keen to work on his own on small jobs.”