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Open day leads to career for local pupil

31st May 2016

A group of pupils came along to Simian’s headquarters and took part in practical activities as well as traditional classroom sessions to find out more about scaffolding. During the day we covered the types of careers available in the scaffolding sector, scaffolding apprenticeships, what the work entails and the long term career prospects.

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The pupils showed a great deal of interest and really got involved in the activities and an informative and enjoyable day was had by all.

One pupil in particular, Lee Roberts showed real enthusiasm and following the event his teacher got back in touch with Simian to request further information and guidance on scaffolding apprenticeships on his behalf.

Knowing how keen this individual was, Dave Abraham, our Training Director, wasted no time in contacting a local scaffolding firm. Following a conversation with a Kev Totttle, Contracts Director Cheshire Scaffolds Limited, he managed to secure him an interview; Lee was successful and offered a position and began his scaffolding apprenticeship straight from school. Lee is now close to completing framework and  achieving his apprenticeship. This initial grounding in scaffolding will give him a platform to continue a career in the sector and will no doubt open up more opportunities for him which could include travelling and instructing in the future.

Lee’s story is a great example of how schools, local businesses and apprenticeship schemes working together can help young people to focus on what they would like to do once they leave school. In Lee’s case one event during National Apprenticeship Week has led him on to a promising career path.