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New apprentices excited to join Kingston Joinery and learn carpentry trade by shadowing experienced team

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Kingston Joinery are delighted to have welcomed two new additions to the team in apprentices Aron Bentley and Harry Wescott.

Aron and Harry, who each received their GSCE grades this summer, will spend one day a week at college studying for their NVQs in carpentry and benefit from four days a week working alongside members of the Kingston Joinery team.

The apprenticeships will provide them with valuable experience, able to learn from our experienced team of estimators, designers, and surveyors, as well as spending time out at development sites alongside our senior project managers.

Sarah Rawlings, Operations Manager at Kingston Joinery, said: “Aron and Harry have come to us bursting with energy and enthusiasm to get into the world of work and to learn a trade, and that is something we are very pleased to be able to offer them.

“We have found at times in the past, when we have had our busiest periods, that it has been something of a struggle to find the skilled carpenters and joiners that we have needed on our jobs.

“That is an issue that the industry as a whole needs to address in the medium to long term, and whilst at present it is perhaps not a time for major recruitment, we certainly feel that supporting apprenticeship schemes can be a rewarding experience on both sides.

“It gives young and ambitious people like Aron and Harry a chance to make that first step on the career ladder, and gives businesses such as ourselves the opportunity to mould their employees of the future and instill good disciplines and work ethics from the start.”

Harry, 16, studied for his GCSEs at Beverley Grammar School and says that, although pleased with his passes, he is keen to spend more time learning a job that is not sat behind a desk.

“I’m really keen to develop a career in construction and I would love to progress and become a site manager,” he said.

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity as Kingston Joinery has been a really successful local company in recent years.

“Having researched all the major projects it has been involved with in recent years such as new hotels and projects like Hull New Theatre, it is exciting to be given the chance to be involved and learn from those who know all the job entails.”

Aron, also 16, has previous knowledge of Kingston Joinery’s work as his father Paul works for the firm as a Contracts Manager.

He says he is looking forward to working on project sites most of all, having secured the GSCEs he was targeting after studying at Howden School.

“I am pleased with how I did at school but for me, staying on in full-time education was not something I wanted to do,” he said.

“I will be much happier learning a trade and hopefully something I can build a career from. I already know quite a lot about the business, and I don’t think there could be many better opportunities than this for me.”

Mrs Rawlings says that despite the recent disruption caused by Covid-19 to the construction industry, it is a good time for both to enter the industry.

“It is a really interesting time for them to be joining the business as there will be a lot to learn around how sites are managed in a Covid secure manner, how our teams go through rigorous Toolbox Talks before starting work to ensure all health and safety requirements are met, and how the job is being done differently at present,” she said.

“It will give them a really good opportunity to get some on-site experience between their days at college, before they then spend more time alongside our office based team to learn about all that goes on behind the scenes to tender for contracts, price them, manage product supplies and of course ensure that we keep our clients happy.”

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