Thirteen is blazing a trail for National Apprenticeship Week

Thirteen is joining the annual celebration of apprenticeships to mark National Apprenticeship Week, this week.

Jordan Morrison

4 Mar 2019

The ‘Blaze a Trail’ themed week, running from 4 to 8 March, will see a range of activities and success stories shared, which will inspire the next generation of apprentices.

The week is a celebration of the wide range of opportunities and benefits that apprenticeships bring for individuals and organisations.

Heather Ashton, Thirteen’s executive director for resources, said: “We’re proud to support National Apprenticeship Week and throughout the course of the week, we’ll be shouting about the amazing work that our apprentices are doing and sharing their success stories on social media.

“Apprenticeships with Thirteen are a fantastic opportunity for people to start to build a career for themselves, no matter what their age or background.

“We have over 40 apprentices here, working with skilled and experienced staff across the organisation. They’re gaining on the job training and a recognised qualification, up to level 3, in either housing, business administration, finance and accounting and trades such as electrical, joinery and gas engineering, to lead them on their way to potential future employment.”

Jordan's story

Apprentice plumber Jordan joined the team in 2017 after spending over four years in the army.

He said: "I was always interested in plumbing and when I left the army, I had a couple of jobs, including a delivery driver, but I knew that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I was ready for a new challenge and thanks to this apprenticeship opportunity, I’m now on my way to learning a trade for life.

“Starting an apprenticeship at Thirteen was the beginning of a new chapter. I’ve got new goals and I’m looking forward to a really bright future, with good career prospects ahead of me.

“I’ve always worked as part of a bigger team and that’s something I really enjoy. I’ve been working on investment sites - working on new kitchens and bathrooms, void properties – preparing them before they’re handed over to a new tenant and repairs. The work experience you get on site is brilliant and really helps you to learn.

“Although it’s a four-year apprenticeship, the sacrifices you make, when it’s a change of career are worth it. “Everyone has been an apprentice, they’ve been in the same boat and they want to teach you. I’m looking forwarding to qualifying and seeing what the future holds.”