Student scores maintenance apprenticeship at Notts County

A STUDENT at New College Nottingham has scored a job at Notts County Football Club after successfully completing an apprenticeship.

Gary White, 19, of Bilborough, impressed the club during work experience as part of New College Nottingham’s construction pre-apprenticeship programme.

  1. New role: Gary White, 19, has won a job after impressing Notts County as an apprentice.
    New role: Gary White, 19, has won a job after impressing Notts County as an apprentice.

Gary spent nine weeks working at the ground helping with maintenance duties including painting the stands, railings and doors, general repairs, plastering and brickwork.

He is now a full-time apprentice working in the maintenance team.

He said he didn’t think he would have been offered the position if he hadn’t done work experience.

He said: “Hearing I’d been offered an apprenticeship with Notts County was amazing news. The pre-apprenticeship programme prepared me for the role because I got to try a range of different trades during my work experience and I was always learning something new on the job.”

He added: “I’m currently helping to refurbish the event rooms at Meadow Lane and I’ve settled into the team well. Without this qualification I don’t think I’d be in this position now. It gave me the head start I needed.”

The Post is running a campaign called Get Notts Working to support local people in their efforts to find a job.

The first phase is to encourage local firms to offer apprenticeships and we are seeking to create 100 new jobs in 100 days.

Brian Walton, Notts County head of operations, said Gary was now a valued member of the team.

He said: “We have been very impressed with all the NCN pre-apprentices, but for us Gary stood out and we’re really pleased to have him on board. He has fitted into the team quickly, showing enthusiasm and willingness to learn and the skills and accreditations he has already obtained at ncn will be put to excellent use here at Meadow Lane.”

The NCN pre-apprenticeship programme helps young people find employment in the construction industry.

The 22-week course equips them with work skills while the college uses its contacts with employers to help them find apprenticeships.

Students gain experience at the college’s purpose-built workshops and from work placements for crafts including brickwork, plastering, plumbing, joinery and tiling.

On completion of the course the students gain a level 2 Maintenance Operations Diploma and a City and Guilds certificate for Employability and Personal Social Development.

Paul Champion
Strategic Project Manager

Mobile: 07540 704920

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