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.
Matthew Rees started a two-year carpentry apprenticeship aged 21.
He is now employed as a carpenter with Newport City Homes.
How did you get onto the apprenticeship?
I saw it online when I was working in an office, and applied for it.
Why did you want to go on the apprenticeship?
I fancied it for a couple of years. I couldn’t find an apprenticeship anywhere for ages. When I looked at the apprenticeship with Newport City Homes, there were five vacancies. I applied for the carpentry one.
What was a typical day like during the apprenticeship?
For the first year, I was with Waite, the contractors in Bettws and Malpas doing works on the kitchens. I used to meet the contractor on site at the address, and we used to do a kitchen a day.
Did you gain many skills from your apprenticeship?
Definitely. The kitchens were good to start with. Then when I worked with a carpenter at Newport City Homes, I found there was a wider range of skills to learn, such as doors, frames, and skirting.
Did you gain employment straight after your apprenticeship?
Two vacancies came up at Newport City Homes, one in maintenance on a permanent contract, and one in voids on fixed term. I had the fixed term one with voids, and after so long another permanent one came up. It was in maintenance, I went for that and got it.
What advice would you give to people who want to apply for an apprenticeship?
You just have to stick with it. Whoever you’re with, listen to what they say and take it all in, and make sure you’re on time.