Luke Parry, 24, Joinery Estimator, Oakwrights Bath Ltd
“I enjoy what I do because it's a challenging environment where I’m always learning new skills. Continuing to learn puts you in a good position to progress your career. You are responsible for your own success, and by working hard there are plenty of opportunities to move up the ladder.
“I went through school A levels and on to university. Unfortunately I found that university wasn't for me so I left and started looking for work or training with a view to starting a career. I knew very little about joinery but wanted something more hands on and felt woodwork was a good place to start.
“I found out that there was funding available for apprenticeships, but I would have to find an employer first. I rang everyone in the phone book trying to get an apprenticeship and eventually found a placement with the help of CITB. I finished my advanced level 3 apprenticeship in bench joinery, where I had gained a wealth of knowledge and found my vocation. Joinery skills are in high demand. I changed jobs to join Oakwrights in a more office based role as an estimator. I’d recommend a career in joinery and the construction industry as a whole: apprenticeships really do benefit all parties."
Luke’s employer, Peter Love, says:
“As apprentices progress, they start making a real contribution to the success of the business. It’s up to us as employers to develop their skills to the best advantage. Apprentices help us to expand the business and renew our skills base.”