A former apprentice is celebrating after completing his qualifications and gaining full-time employment at Weaver Vale Housing Trust this week.
After four years as an apprentice, Ashley Whitehead, 22, is now a full time electrician with the Trust after passing his final exams and his AM2 practical assessment.
Ashley said: “Back in 2015 I came along to Weaver Vale’s apprentice fair. I knew I wanted to learn a trade, but I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do.
“The only trade apprenticeship Weaver Vale had going was for an electrician so I thought I would give it a go. I was lucky enough to get it and had a good four years learning my trade.
“Doing my apprenticeship has been great because I was learning on the job, I was getting hands-on experience and I was earning a wage.
I got the opportunity to work lots of experienced electricians – I’ve been able to pick their brains and tap into all that knowledge. I have covered everything from working on our void properties to repairs.
“I did most of my apprenticeship with Justin Gardner (electrician at Weaver Vale Housing Trust) he really taught me a lot. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a variety of things which has really helped me grow in confidence and learn the skills needed.
“Choosing an apprenticeship was the best decision I ever made.”
Ashley has followed his father Phil, who works as a bricklayer for the Trust.
Over the past six years, Weaver Vale has taken on 74 apprentices in roles across the Trust, which manages 6,000 homes across Cheshire.
Craig Hollins, Electrical Manager at Weaver Vale Housing Trust said:
“Ashley has worked really hard during this four-year apprenticeship and we were very keen to offer him a full time position.
“He has got stuck in, learned his craft and earned his qualifications. The Trust has always benefited from the employment of apprentices, particularly amongst our trade section, and we always welcome the opportunity to give local young people a chance.”