Harrison Walker is 18 and is completing a bricklaying apprenticeship with Springvale Homes. He is eight months into his apprenticeship and we caught up with him on a building project in East Yorkshire.
What made you choose an apprenticeship in construction?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do, school was pushing people to college, which I knew wasn’t for me. Then someone suggested construction and looking back it was the best advice I could have been given.
What’s great about being an apprentice?
Working with Tom and the team at Springvale Homes I am learning so much more than just bricklaying. I have done some joinery and demolition as well. I also have to the sweeping up but it’s all part of the job and helps to keep the site clean and safe.
What have you achieved that you are proud of?
I’ve been given the opportunity to do some face work on the front of a house, so much of the work we do is often hidden, so it was great to help produce something that will always be on show. Being an apprentice has also helped me develop as a person, I couldn’t have spoken about my apprenticeship experience a few months ago, never mind record a video! Being on the building site with the rest of team has made me grow in confidence immensely.
What are your goals?
A couple of my mates are now doing bricklaying apprenticeships too, so we have already talked about setting up our business together. That’s for the future though, at the moment I am really enjoying my apprenticeship and chances that it is giving me. Anyone thinking about a construction apprenticeship should just go for it, don’t give up the opportunities are out there.