Julia is the new Engagement Director for Wales for CITB. CITB is the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland, and Wales. CITB help the construction industry attract talent and to support skills development, to build a better Britain.
Chloe Bidwell is a Joinery Apprentice with Varcity Living, Bangor, and Coleg Menai, Llangefni, who is passionate about encouraging other young female students to consider a career in a trade. Her duties include repairing and maintaining facilities within properties, as well as fitting kitchens, making gates and planing doors.
Antonia works for Michael Taylor. An experienced joiner and carpenter with over 45 years experience. She took on the role of apprentice carpenter after a career change from nursing in 2022. She has been busy learning the trade under Mike’s guidance and supervision across different sites in North Wales.
Peter Haddock is a journalist, influencer content creator and communications professional with over 16 years' experience in the construction sector.
He runs Content With Media and is a correspondent for Construction Manager, Earthmovers Magazine, Plant and Civil Engineer and other titles in the industry.
[00:20] Peter kicks off this special National Apprenticeship Week 2023 podcast
[02:00] Julia introduces herself
[03:20] How can CITB support businesses that are interested in hiring apprentices?
[04:00] First steps for small businesses
[05:08] Understanding the funding that is available
[06:20] Julia breaks down apprenticeship options
[07:30] The best resources for those looking for opportunities
[09:00] Earn while you learn
[12:00] Equality, diversity, and inclusion within apprenticeship recruitment
[14:30] Julia talks about the valuable work CITB are doing to educate young people about the construction sector
[16:30] Chloe introduces herself
[17:30] Chloe talks about her apprenticeship journey and the process behind it
[20:10] Working in a supportive environment and benefitting
[21:00] “It’s an unbelievable experience”
[22:05] Chloe’s advice to those considering an apprenticeship
[23:00] Antonia introduces herself
[23:15] Antonia shares her experience as a career changer moving into the carpentry world
[26:03] COVID gave Antonia the opportunity to rethink her career path
[27:10] Antonia shares the options available for those getting into carpentry/construction
[28:05] Finding employment and the challenges around that
[31:20] Leaving a female-dominated sector and moving into construction
[34:01] “Find an employer that is passionate”
[35:00] Peter wraps up the podcast
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