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Guinness Celebrates Success of Chesterfield Apprentice Plumber

Guinness Celebrates Success of Chesterfield Apprentice Plumber

To mark National Apprentice Week (8-14 Feb) The Guinness Partnership, housing association, celebrates its apprenticeship programme and the value apprentices bring to local communities.

Jake Day from Chesterfield was inspired to take up plumbing as a career by his dad, who was in the trade himself. Jake successfully completed an apprenticeship and has now secured a full-time role working for The Guinness Partnership as a qualified plumber.

This year is the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.  This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England, is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country. 

The Guinness Partnership has invested in trade apprenticeships for a number of years, covering all the key trade areas such as Plumbing, Joinery, Plastering, Electrical and Property Maintenance. Despite the difficulties caused by the Covid pandemic, 2020 saw ten apprentices complete their apprenticeship, with eight of those ten becoming full time employees of Guinness.

Commenting on his career choice, Jake said: “I chose an apprenticeship as I always wanted to have a trade. That is why I started work straight after school and college, instead of going to university. I love my job and working for Guinness as a qualified plumber has given me the best chance possible to make something of my life.”

Kat Healy, Training Manager at the Guinness Partnership said: “Apprenticeships are a key way of promoting skills development and increasing diversity across the construction and housing maintenance sectors. 

Since the Covid-19 restrictions were announced last March our apprentices, and their mentors, have shown great dedication to their work. I’m proud they are still able to complete their qualifications and provide a valuable, Covid-safe, service to their communities during this difficult time.”

Guinness currently has 18 trade apprentices.  All of them have been provided with tablets and mobile phones so they can continue their training during the pandemic and ensure they have the best possible support to enable them to successfully complete their apprenticeships.

 

 

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