Interview with an Apprentice – Tom

This month we spoke to Tom Gardner an apprentice at Spraylat International one of YEUK’s brilliant “Youth Friendly” Badge holders p5 SAM_0438

Tell us a little about you 

I didn’t really like school, I preferred more practical work, and enjoyed doing a Public Services course at Tresham College after I’d finished school. I want to get a degree in Chemistry and I’d like to be a Royal navy reservist.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to do something practical but learn at the same time. The practical work I do at Spraylat International Ltd is very unique and it is local, so easy for me to get to.

How did you find your apprenticeship, what was the process like?

I had 2 interviews, one was with my manager, Lee Kennedy Spraylat’s Senior Development Chemist, and then the second was with Lee and Spraylat’s MD Andrew Keir. I was offered the apprenticeship the same day as my first interview; I was really pleased about that.

What is your apprenticeship like? What’s a typical day, what is the qualification side of the work like?

P5 SAM_0443My apprenticeship is brilliant. Every day is different here, and I really like that. You’re really kept on your toes, doing different practical experiments, product testing, writing reports and more. The qualification side of it is good; I can link it to what I’m doing practically.

Do you get much support from your employer or training provider?

I have amazing support from both. My manager and the rest of the staff are always there to help me with my work and answer any questions I might have. I have had great support from my training provider Biz Ed, the time I spend with them is really helpful because I can ask them any questions I have about my work.

 Do you enjoy being an apprentice?

 I love being an apprentice. It’s the best decision of my life.

What are your plans for when your apprenticeship is complete?

 I’d like to do my HND then get a degree in chemistry

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

 Do it. It’s a great experience; you learn so much, you get work experience and qualifications that you can use in future.



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