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Joe Ramm - plumbing apprentice

Maintenance apprentice Joe was attracted to an apprenticeship because he wanted the opportunity to learn on the job while studying for a qualification.

He said: “I thought an apprenticeship would be the best way for me to gain experience in the world of work, studying but earning at the same time.

“After school I started a mechanic apprenticeship, but decided it was not right for me. I found out about Sanctuary’s scheme on the National Apprenticeship website and thought it sounded like the perfect fit.”

Joe started his Maintenance Operations apprenticeship with Sanctuary aged 16 and completed his apprenticeship in May 2018.

Based in Banbury, Joe’s apprenticeship saw him working at Sanctuary’s properties to ensure they are maintained to the highest possible standard.

Generally spending four days a week working and one at college, he enjoys that no two days are ever the same. Every job is different, allowing him to work with a variety of tools and materials and learn new things.

Joe particularly enjoys working alongside more experienced colleagues who are always ready to share their expertise.

He explained: “I get a lot of support from my colleagues at work, my line manager, the Learning Academy and from college. They are always there to offer assistance and will do anything they can to help me succeed.”

Joe will now be moving into a trade operative position.

He said: “I really enjoy my apprenticeship and it has allowed me to gain a lot of practical experience while learning at the same time.

“The scheme is not just teaching me the skills for my trade but many other important things too, such as learning how to assist tenants in a professional manner.

“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others as a fantastic opportunity.”