As part of our commitment to helping the UK trade and construction industry improve standards and to better equip all tradesmen in doing their job each day Tradesman4u has partnered with Samuel James Wilson of http://www.apprentice-ship.com. Samuel is an excellent young ambassador for the building trade and who is setting a solid example for young people looking to find a trade and forge a career in the construction industry.
We are delighted that Samuel has agreed to be an outlet for us for anybody young or old wanting help and advice on starting out on an apprenticeship. We thoroughly recommend you join his blog and we look forward to bringing you regular updates on Samuels progress and if you need any help do not hesitate to contact him using the details below. His Blog is well worth a look….
Here is a little about Samuel,
“Im 24 from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I have been in the building trade since I was 15 years old. I have always been interested and intrigued by construction and architecture, I think I get that from my dad who was a joiner by trade [now retired]. I was never very good at school, I never really payed attention in class and always wanted to be the centre of attention, which is probably the reason why I got expelled.
I was given the chance to enter the construction trade with an apprenticeship in Plumbing when this happened, I grabbed this opportunity with both hands. I did this for two years gaining my NVQ Level 2. Looking back I never really enjoyed being a Plumber, under floors and on your knees all day, it was not for me. I then got offered the chance to become a labourer for a local builder and jumped at the chance, at that point I just needed to do something different.
To cut a LONG story short, I am now a fully qualified Bricklayer achieving a distinction and merit during my three years at college. I realised for the first time EVER that Building/Bricklaying was what I really wanted to do with my life whilst at college. I love building things, I love the reaction I get when I do a job for a customer. I finally found my fortay! During the harsh winter that occured during my time there when it wasnt possible to work I would go into college and just spend time building walls, challenging my self with more complicated structures. I would of gone on the weekends if it was possible! I have now been given the biggest opportunity of my life, I have been lucky enough to be chosen out of hundereds of applicants for an apprenticeship with The Princes Foundation. The Building Skill in Craft programme begins in July and I cant wait, its a great honour! I owe all of the things I have achieved to apprentiships. I recommend anyone and everyone to take the step and pester local trades people to take them on. Yes you might be on a rubbish wage for a few years [trust me I had it bad] but at the end of the day, you will never get anywhere without making the effort, but also make sure it is what you want to do. I have come across so many people in the building trade that dont like their job, if you dont like it dont do it.
I will be documenting my time with the Foundation and my future as a Builder through my Blog which I started writing just over two years ago now. The Apprentice-Ship started out as a online diary for myself to document my work so I had something to look back on in later life. It has now been read in over 70 countries around the world and just topped 13,000 hits. The reactions I recive from the Blog constantly surprise me. For more information about myself, my Blog and my apprenticeship with The Princes Foundation, head to my Blog – www.Apprentice-Ship.com I am also on Twitter – @SamuelShip AND Facebook – http://www.Facebook.com/TheApprenticeShip Thanks for taking the time to read this. Samuel-James Wilson As you can tell Samuel is committed to the industry and is an excellent example to anyone looking at getting into the trade. Welcome on board the ApprenticeShip!Tradesman4u
A group of local authorities in north east England is looking for a delivery partner to help it take advantage of the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme.
Warm Up North, a partnership between Newcastle City Council, Darlington, Durham, Northumberland and South Tyneside, held an ‘awareness day’ on Friday (11 May) for groups that are interested in getting involved.
Warm Up North hopes to improve the energy efficiency of between 10,000 and 15,000 homes within three years when in launches in 2013. It will take advantage of the green deal and energy company obligation to fund the work.
Under the green deal households can get energy efficiency work carried out without paying upfront. They repay the cost of the work using savings on their energy bills.
The £1.3 billion a year ECO fund, which is paid for by energy companies, will be used to subsidise work that would otherwise be too expensive to be carried out under the green deal.
Warm Up North is the five councils’ response to the green deal. It is looking for a delivery partner to run the green deal scheme, which will be paid for by households and landlords. Housing associations and other bodies are expected to get involved in the partnership at a later stage.
David Slater, executive director of environment and regeneration at Newcastle Council, said: ‘Tackling fuel poverty, reducing inequalities and addressing climate change are among the key challenges facing the region. This partnership will help to tackle these.
‘Local authorities will play a key role in coordinating, financing, and providing technical understanding, so that the public can be assured they are not being ripped off.’