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Apprentice Week - Steven

Apprentice Week

From school I went straight into being a labourer on site, I did this until I was 20 but couldn’t see any potential for a further career and I wanted to gain a qualification.

I saw the ‘Building and Maintenance’ Apprenticeship being advertised by CHP and at first glance I liked the look of the job. When I did my research into CHP I saw how good they were as an employer and sent my application in. This apprenticeship covered lots of areas and meant I could become a multi skilled trade.

After this apprenticeship I went on to complete an Associated Wet Trade apprenticeship here at CHP. On top of this, in the evening I was completing an Electrical Installation course. This was a lot of work but it was worth it because the skills I gained from this course I could incorporate in my day to day job. The qualification I gained from this was a City and Guilds Level 2. CHP were aware that I was doing this and were very supportive throughout the duration of my course.

CHP are advocates of career development; I have completed several courses during my time here including a Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), a Level 3 certificate in Leadership and Management (ILM) and several Future Leaders courses. I am really grateful of all the work CHP have done to send me on these courses as the skills and experience I have gained through them have been very beneficial.

Eight years on, I am now a Service Manager, managing the voids team. In the future I would like to see more apprentices coming through. It’s a great opportunity for the younger generation to build upon their skills in their chosen field. We currently have nine working for CHP and in years to come I hope to see this continue.

Steven Smith

Service Manager, DLO Repairs and Planned Work.


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