Learning about the benefits of apprenticeships
Aaron Pepe, Contracts Manager at Swale Scaffolding, came into Richmond School to talk to a group of Year 11 students who are interested in apprenticeships. It is the first employer meeting that we have been able to arrange for some time due to Covid restrictions and it was held under social distanced conditions. The students were a credit to the school, following all social distancing measures, ensuring that they remained two metres from the speaker and wearing masks throughout.
Aaron, a former student at Richmond School, commented on this and explained how important it is to follow instructions, and particularly health and safety procedures at all times in the workplace. He outlined the apprenticeship role, the training and “a day in the life” at Swale Scaffolding.
Students were also given an overview of Swale Scaffolding and the construction projects that they work on ranging from residential properties to schools and, a new build care home that they are working on in Cumbria.
Swale Scaffolding have 2-3 vacancies to fill and asked the students to make contact if they are interested in applying to arrange a meeting at their site in Brompton-on-Swale. Following the success of ex-student, Matty Davies, who was taken on last year, the company are very keen to employ students from Richmond School who demonstrate our school values and are committed to an apprenticeship.
Ruth Hamer, Careers Adviser, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Aaron to school again. It was an invaluable experience for our students to be able to chat face-to-face with a potential employer and find out about an Apprenticeship before applying. The students asked questions about the job, and the business, to help them to decide if it would be right for them. It is always an absolute pleasure to work with Swale Scaffolding and support them in finding their new Apprentices, and, after such a tough year, it is wonderful to offer such opportunities to our Year 11 students.”