Matt, Apprentice Plumber
When Matt decided to change career, an apprenticeship seemed an ideal option. But as he was older than most apprentices, he really wasn’t sure that anyone would take him on.
Matt said: “I started my apprenticeship with Nottingham City Homes (NCH) at 35. If I am totally honest I never thought I had a chance of getting an apprenticeship due to my age. I didn't think a company would be willing to take a chance on me. However I am very happy to say I was wrong, in fact my age was seen as a positive rather than a negative.”
Last year Matt co-led a team of NCH apprentices to the finals of The Brathay Apprentice Challenge. As part of this challenge he project managed the renovation of a historic building for a local charity, as well as helping local community organisation, Bulwell Forest Gardens, to repair their garden furniture and tidy up their gardens after they were hit by vandals.
Matt believes that joining NCH as an apprentice is one of the best decisions he has ever made. He said: “I am now working for a community-based company, which gives me hands on support and guidance whenever I need it. I work alongside experienced trades-people every day, improving my knowledge and skills as well as learning new ones.”
His hard work and resulting success was further been demonstrated by his winning Regional Apprentice of the Year 2017 and receiving a 'highly commended' at the national awards. He’s excited about the future and plans to build on what he has already achieved.
Matt said: “The apprenticeship has given me the chance to build a new career as well as a new life for myself and for this I will be eternally grateful to NCH. The future is an exciting prospect. I have now started my level 3 NVQ in Plumbing and Heating and I hope to continue further in higher education and eventually start a degree level qualification. I am at the start of an exciting chapter in my life and I am full of enthusiasm for where my apprenticeship might lead me.”