Continuing our National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, we caught up with apprentice bricklayer, Connor Musson, 21, who recently achieved second place in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Guild of Bricklayers Competition.
Connor is employed by Anthony Wright and subcontracted to local bricklaying company RW Brickworks. With his apprenticeship qualification he hopes to become a full-time bricklayer to gain more experience, but his ultimate goal is to run his own successful business in the building industry.
We asked Connor what he enjoys about the construction trade and why he chose an apprenticeship. Here’s what he told us:
“You get to do something new almost every day. One day you could be building a house and the next you could be patterning a driveway or even creating a stone feature wall. It hosts a variety of different problems that you must get over and make right, which I find gives me good job satisfaction.
“My apprenticeship gives me the best of both worlds. I get to go to work each day and earn a wage, whilst working towards a qualification that will help me get to where I want to be in the future. It’s win, win!”
I’d recommend doing an apprenticeship, and here’s my top three reasons why:— Connor
1. “You get hands-on experience with actual work you would encounter later on in the job field, allowing you to learn the skills you need. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to be certain the job is suited to you.”
2. “You earn an income whilst learning, which is a benefit for anyone, also allowing you to become more self-sufficient.”
3. “Learning is spilt up between hands-on experience and theory work at College, which is good because for me personally, I learn better from doing things rather than only theory.”
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