Apprenticeship Interview- Meet our ‘Top Tutor’ Gary Wood!

Gary Wood, Plumbing Tutor, is an inspirational teacher and a valued member of the Warrington & Vale Royal College community. He imparts his extensive knowledge and experience to the students he works with, helping them realise their potential and become successful qualified plumbers. Here Gary shares an insight into apprenticeships and provides useful advice for those aspiring to become an apprentice.

What does your job role at Warrington & Vale Royal College involve?

As part of the plumbing team I teach apprentices the theory and practical skills they require to complete their exams and practical assessments.

What do you enjoy most about working at the college?

Job satisfaction from my role as a plumbing tutor. When the apprentices come to college to start their journey as a plumber, a lot of them are shy and have very little work experience within the industry. It’s very rewarding to see them develop their skills and become qualified plumbers.

What does an average week look like for an apprentice at the college?

Apprentices attend college for one day each week; on that day they will study theory and take part in practical lessons. They may also need to study maths and English dependant on their existing qualifications.

What kind of student is best suited to doing an apprenticeship?

I think that any student going to college needs to be enthusiastic and prepared to learn.

What advice would you give to a student looking for an apprenticeship?

I would encourage them to ask family and friends to see if they know anybody that may give them an opportunity to become an apprentice. They could research online for employers within the local area, also they can search the college and government apprenticeship websites.

How can apprentices make a good impression on their employers?

By understanding what the apprenticeship consists of and being fully committed to putting in the work required to complete the apprenticeship. Demonstrating good employability skills, such as punctuality and good attendance, enthusiasm and a good work ethic.

Do you think doing an apprenticeship boosts career prospects?

Yes, because there is a requirement to have extensive on the job experience; an apprenticeship is the main route into becoming a qualified plumbing/heating engineer.

If you enjoyed Gary’s interview and think you have what it takes to become an apprentice, why not speak to our dedicated apprenticeship team for more information? You can contact them now at apprenticeships@wvr.ac.uk