Albert, Alishia and Charlie have recently joined Mumford & Wood whilst completing their 24-month, Level 3 Joinery apprenticeship. The trio became aware of Mumford & Wood and their career opportunities after attending Colchester Institute, a college within the local area. Albert comments ‘my Grandad worked as a joiner his whole career. I get on well with him and share similar aspirations, so to be in the same industry is very special to me.’
Since starting their career with Mumford & Wood, they all agreed that they were happy with the course and the support they’re receiving with Alishia commenting, ‘It’s a really nice environment here, everyone is so friendly and ready to help, flexible hours are also an added bonus!’ Charlie continues, ‘Being put on the factory floor almost instantly was fantastic, it enabled us to get stuck in right away. Six months on I still find myself learning something new and becoming more experienced and knowledgeable every day.
When asked about his biggest achievement, Albert explained, ‘I feel as though my biggest achievement since working at Mumford & Wood is becoming experienced and knowledgeable on how to use the machinery. I remember walking in the factory on my first day and feeling overwhelmed by how many different machines were in front of me, however, with the support and guidance from my peers, I was quick to learn the ropes.’ ‘I’ve found that the staff at Mumford & Wood are really attentive and take into consideration your aspirations. I’m always keen to learn new things which is widely encouraged by my colleagues. For example, my main role in the factory is working with sanding and preparing the timber, however, the last few days I’ve been based in the Paint Shop, learning how the coatings are applied to our products.’ Alishia explained. ‘I really enjoy the freedom they give you.’ Charlie goes on to say, ‘They trust you to get on with your job and leave you to it, although if I’m ever confused or need some guidance, someone will always be on hand to help!’ ‘This is my first full time job since becoming a mum, and when I first started, I found it really difficult to manage. I spoke with two members of senior staff who were very understanding and allowed me to condense my hours. As the only woman in the factory, it would be really nice to see some other girls join the team.’ Alishia concludes. All three would recommend the apprenticeship with Charlie giving the advice, ‘when you first begin your apprenticeship, it can be quite daunting, but stick with it and give it time as it will definitely be worth it in the future.’