Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March) celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Newport City Homes, in partnership with our supply chain and M. Delacey & Sons, run a shared apprenticeship scheme.
Apprentices are employed by M. Delacey & Sons to gain the experiences they need to pass their NVQ and are on placements with our supply chain and NCH teams.
The scheme allows apprentices to gain vast knowledge and experience in a number of environments and businesses, giving them an all-round understanding and practical experience of their chosen trade.
To date the scheme has recruited carpenters, plasterers, and painter and decorators.
Andrew Lloyd is the cyclical and compliance manager at Newport City Homes.
Andrew left school at 16 to complete an apprenticeship.
How did your apprenticeship help you get to where you are today?
I left school at 16 and I joined a company my father was working at. I completed a four-year apprenticeship, studying at City & Guilds. Then I moved on to a supervisory role in gas servicing for Monmouthshire Council. I oversaw a gas contract, running the gas compliance team. In 2003, I moved to Newport City Council in the maintenance team. My career progressed from there into management, going on various courses and training schemes.
How did you find the process?
Newport City Homes has been good to me, looking after me and developing my career. I’ve taken a Gas Safety Management course whilst at NCH.
It’s great to see the apprentices develop, and hear their aspirations. I take pride and great joy in seeing the apprentices coming through the scheme.
What advice would you give to current apprentices?
When you’re younger, there’s jobs out there offering better money, but not better prospects. So keep your head down, do your college work, and get your qualifications. You always have something to fall back on.
In the construction industry, there’s a wide range of jobs out there and career prospects for you. I have four apprentices in my team who have come through the program. It’s great to see them develop and be rising stars for the future.