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.
Ryan Gingell completed a two-year apprenticeship in plumbing and a two-year apprenticeship in heating.
He is now a gas service engineer at Newport City Homes.
How did you get onto the apprenticeship?
I went on a part-time course in plumbing at Nash [Coleg Gwent]. Three of us from my class were successful for the [Newport City Homes’] plumbing apprenticeship. Then, we worked our way up to the gas apprenticeship.
What skills did you gain from the apprenticeship?
To be confident as an engineer, to engage with tenants and explain to them how everything works. The other side is my gas servicing skills. The biggest one is probably the physical work aspect of it, working with the tools, learning how to do different installs and boilers. It’s a good all round experience.
What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
The support from the organisation, and getting things done.
What advice would you give to people who are currently an apprentice?
Stick at it. It’s a hard, long slog, but the experience you gain from that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.
What advice would you give for those applying for apprenticeships?
Try to get as much experience and background on the apprenticeship you’re going for. Show that you are a bit knowledgeable about what it entails. Other than, look into the organisation as much as possible, try and show that you have took an interest in companies and the way they work.
If you don’t come straight through an apprenticeship program, it’s well worth going on a part-time course. It’s three days a week, you can still work, and you can still try and manage it around your social life. I did this for a year. I left school at 16, did the part-time course for a year, and then did a four-year apprenticeship. When you’re doing a course in college, you’re getting basic skills, which many employers will jump at because you’ve got that as a starting block.