Monday 12th May 2014
21 year old Jermaine has lived on Chartridge since he was 3. He is currently working towards his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plumbing and is part of the team building the new Aylesbury Estate. The Echo met Jermaine to find out what’s so good about Apprenticeships.
What does your apprenticeship involve?
I attend Lambeth College one day a week and work the other four days on site. At the moment I am working on the new flats for the Aylesbury in Phase 1a. I install bathrooms, plumbing, drains, anything really. The assignments from college are not too intense, and we have our own personal mentor who helps us get the balance between work and studying.
What’s the best things about doing an apprenticeship?
I am not paying any fees! Durkan, my employers pay my fees. If you just go to college, you might get a qualification, but you don’t get the experience, so you might find it hard to get a job. Having a trade is a really solid basis for the future. When I saw the new buildings starting to be built, I called the developer and said how can I work there? They interviewed me and now I am working for them and getting my qualification. As a little boy, I was always taking things apart and then putting them back together, now I get to do that as a living!
How does it feel to be part of the team rebuilding where you grew up?
It feels good to be rebuilding the estate. My mum’s block will be emptied by the end of this year and every new flat I finish working on I think , I wonder if this one will be my mum’s new place, it’s very exciting to think about that.