The Sky’s the Limit for Rachel

Mar 18, 2016

In our final blog in support of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate the achievements of young people who have moved away from the traditional roles to meet the construction demands of the future…

Meet Rachel Howard from Salford

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I completed my plastering apprenticeship and then was keen to take advantage of a new qualification which was developed by North West regeneration consortium, Procure Plus, and partners. I am really pleased to be the first person in the UK to achieve an NVQ Level 3 in External Wall Insulation at Salford City College’s City Skills Sixth Form Centre.

Like many people I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school but I had 10 GCSEs and so could have gone on to do quite a lot.  I have a big family and was used to looking after kids and so I went to college to study childcare.  I qualified and got a job but I hated it.

I absolutely loved doing my apprenticeship and get a real sense of satisfaction once a job is done and you see your lovely render on the outside of a building.

People think all apprenticeships are just for school leavers but there is funding available for older people and I don’t think you are ever too old to change direction or learn a new skill.

It was definitely the best move I ever made. Now I have a trade and I am confident my skills will always be in demand.

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