Case studies

Motor Vehicle Apprentice:

Tom Newell

Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance

Barkaways Ferrari

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

So I could learn, gain qualifications and earn money at the same time.

What did you learn?

Principle workings of light vehicles, to give me background knowledge in the workplace.

What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship that will help you with your career?

How to get around difficult problems that may arise.

How has North Kent College helped you realise your achievements?

NKC helped me to gain a level 2 qualification and keep focused.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

Ensure you start work at a workshop you can see yourself staying at for the duration of the apprenticeship and beyond.

If you had the choice again, would you choose to do an apprenticeship and why?

Yes, because it has given me wider knowledge and helped support my experience in the

workplace

“My apprenticeship has helped me gain the qualifications I need to develop my skills in the workplace.”

Apprentice:

Ben Barkaway

Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance

Barkaways Ferrari

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

So I could learn and earn at the same time.

What did you learn?

All of the criteria for Level 2 light vehicle maintenance.

What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship that will help you with your career?

Communication – to communicate better with fellow colleagues.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

It’s a great way to learn new skills if University is not suitable for you.

If you had the choice again, would you choose to do an apprenticeship and why?

Yes – because it suited my style of learning ‘Learn on the job’.

Employer

Ian Barkaway

Barkaways Ferrari

“We all started as apprentices and have become an award winning team. Our apprentices have a fantastic future ahead of them as part of this team.“

Why did you choose to take on apprentices?

To offer young people the opportunity to learn the skills required for classic car restoration, and in so doing, investing in the skills that our business requires.

What benefits have the apprentice brought to your organisation?

Youthful enthusiasm!

Would you take on an apprentice again and why?

If the opportunity arises to continue to develop and grow our staff then we would consider this route again.

As an employer, what are your thoughts on the apprenticeship scheme?

It is often marketed to young people with limited qualifications and in our case our apprentices had completed their A Levels before coming to us, making them excellent apprentices with the potential to be great restoration engineers in the future.

Abalene East wins Dulux Apprentice of the year 2014

Abalene East , 21, Swanscombe

Where is she now?

Now working for a company called Axis as a supervisor

What did she study?

At NKC she studied painting and decorating

Why did she study at North Kent College?

Abalene said "Axis came to North Kent College looking for apprentices, I got asked to go to an interview and that's how I became an apprentice painter." 

What did winning Dulux Apprentice of the Year mean?

"Winning the Dulux Apprentice of the Year was a great feeling, I didn't expect it at all so it was a big shock, I had been involved in a few competitions over the years but this one was always the one I wanted to win."

What do you think of the North Kent College course?

"I think it's great to get into the painting and decorating course, I never expected to get as far as I did just being in the course, going to North Kent College has been a big help and a great start to my career.

The tutors were a great help and made the course very interesting, the time spent at North Kent College I really enjoyed."

Abalene won the award for Dulux Apprentice 2014. This is the second time a student from North Kent College has won this national award.

What is Dulux Apprentice of the Year?

The competition, which is open to all Painting and Decorating students across the UK, is a chance for individuals to to put their acquired skills to the test. With regional competitions held at ten different locations throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the winner of each round then went through to compete in the final at Durham. Competitors were tasked with a series of practical applications. These comprised of various elements of painting and decorating; including wallpapering, stencilling, waterborne glosses, and special effects.

What did Abalene’s tutor have to say?

Abalene’s tutor Phil Jubb said; “This is a great achievement for Abalene and proves how hard students at the College work to get to such a high standard within the industry. The award is a fantastic stepping stone for Abalene as she embarks on her career.”