Meet Our Apprentices

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Stephen Morgan

Stephen who is 22 and from Bury joined the North West team after completing his GCSEs and A Levels at Tottington High School and Holy Cross College.

He now attends Stockport College 1 day per week working towards an NVQ Level 3 and BTEC Level 3 in Construction.

Following the 2 year apprenticeship where he is currently working alongside the Commercial and Technical teams, Stephen hopes to continue his employment with Gleeson as a permanent member of the team.

Stephen said: “Had I not started this apprenticeship with Gleeson, I would maybe have started a trade apprenticeship but this way I am learning all aspects of the industry which I previously didn’t know the first thing about.”

Kyle Simms

25 Year old Kyle commenced his NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying in August 2015. After spending time helping his father out with building projects he had decided that he would like to learn a trade himself.

Kyle learnt about Gleeson's Apprenticeship Programme through the CITB website and is now working with bricklaying gangs at the Beck View development in Middlesbrough.

He Said: "If I hadn't started the apprenticeship I would still be working in the supermarket where I was before. This way I am learning life skills whilst meeting people and getting paid."

Ryan Calie

After completing his GCSE's at Parkside Academy, Ryan completed a joinery apprenticeship elsewhere however, whilst working on site he helped out some of the bricklayers and decided that Bricklaying was more for him.

25 year old Ryan started with Gleeson's after completing his 1st year and now plans to complete his Level 2 and hopefully continue his learning to level 3.

Ryan Said: "The best part of the apprenticeship for me is the amount you learn on site from other tradesmen, picking up tips from their own experiences."

Shaun Keetley

Shaun, 24 from South Elmsall joined the East & West Yorkshire team based in Wakefield in January 2016.

After finishing his GCSEs at Minsthorpe Community College, Shaun went on to complete a plumbing apprenticeship and has worked as a plumber on site since then. Through working on site, Shaun decided that he wanted to learn more about the industry and discovered the Construction Operations Apprenticeship via CITB.

He will work alongside the team in Wakefield working with the Land & Planning, Commercial & Technical Departments gaining a broad insight into how everything works.

Declan Waugh

Joinery apprentice Declan was encouraged by his step dad to learn a trade after completing his GCSE's.

16 year old Declan discovered the Gleeson Apprenticeship Programme online and decided to walk on to the Broad Park development in Knottingley as he lives close by. After speaking with the Site Manager, Declan decided to apply.

He started his 2 year Joinery & Carpentry Apprenticeship in July 2015 attending Wakefield College 1 day per week. Declan is already thinking about continuing the apprenticeship for a 3rd year once he has completed the current programme.

Declan said: "If I hadn't started the apprenticeship with Gleeson, I would have been attending college full time but working on site means I get to learn a lot more as it's all hands on experience."

Lee Gallagher

16 year old Lee attends New Durham College 1 day a week studying towards an NVQ level 2 in joinery whilst working the rest of the week at the Pont House Park development in Leadgate.

After completing his GCSEs at Whitworth Park School, Lee had his heart set on a joinery apprenticeship and found Gleeson through the college website.

Lee said, "I enjoy learning new things and being able to put them in to practice on site. Once I have completed my apprenticeship I hope to continue working with Gleeson as a qualified joiner."

Brandon Hudson

17 Year old Brandon joined the East & West Yorkshire team based in Wakefield in January 2016.

Brandon started the Construction Operations course at college after leaving school and was made aware of the apprenticeship scheme.

He said: "It's great to be training in the Construction industry whilst gaining a qualification and getting paid at the same time."

Jacob Dunn

Jacob, 17 from Chadderton is currently attending Manchester College in Openshaw one day per week studying towards an NVQ level 2 in joinery. He intends to continue his studies after the initial 2 years and complete an optional 3rd year with a view to eventually becoming a fully qualified self-employed joiner.

"I enjoy the apprenticeship as its hands on. It's great to learn from other people and also getting paid means that I have been able to start my driving lessons and save for a car!" Said Jacob

Chris Wainwright

Chris from Bootle is currently working across our Huyton developments whilst working towards an NVQ in joinery at Hugh Baird College.

17 Year old Chris spotted a friend of his on the website who was already an apprentice with us and contacted him to find out more.

Chris is hoping to continue to level 3 after his initial 2 years at college and eventually hopes to move on to Site Management.

He said: "With an apprenticeship you have all the tools and information that you need on hand to learn."

Jake Humphries

17 Year old Jake from Moghull started college full time after completing his GCSEs at Dayes High.

After a year, Jake decided to look into apprenticeships so that he could gain more on site experience whilst still working towards his qualification.

Jake hopes to continue to a 3rd year and eventually set up on his own working as a joiner on site.

John Scholey

21 year old John joined the Gleeson Yorkshire & North Midlands Team in January 2016 after completing a joinery apprenticeship.

John decided that he would like to learn more about the industry as a whole and started the Construction Operations course at Barnsley College. After completing the 1st year in college full time, John found out about Gleeson's apprenticeship scheme and wanted to gain more hands on experience in a working environment whilst still gaining the NVQ Level 3 qualification he was working towards.

John Said: "I am currently keen to learn more about the planning side but am looking forwards to gaining a broad view on all parts of the business."

 
Liam Brown

17 year old Liam commenced his bricklaying apprenticeship in September 2014 after being told about the scheme by his father, also a bricklayer working for Gleeson.

Liam is currently labouring for his father and another gang of bricklayers on site gaining valuable work experience whilst attending Rotherham College once a week to get his NVQ level 2 in bricklaying.

Liam said "I am learning more on site than I would if I was just attending college full time."

Joseph Felce

Joseph, aged 18 from Sunderland commenced his apprenticeship in September 2014 in conjunction with Sunderland College where he attends one day a week to study towards his NVQ level 2 in bricklaying.

Joseph hopes to become a fully qualified bricklayer with the help of the apprenticeship and long term aims to work towards becoming a Site Manager.

He expains: "If I hadnt started my apprenticeship with Gleeson I would have gone on to 6th form to study A Levels but this way, I get paid while I learn."

Jack Pringle

Jack Pringle of South Shields discovered the apprenticeship scheme through the Connexions website.

He is currently working towards his NVQ level 2 in Bricklaying attending Sunderland College 1 day a week and working at the Marley Park and Highfield Park developments for the rest of the week gaining valuable work experience.

Jack said "Once I have completed my level 2 apprenticeship I hope to carry on and study for my level 3."

Alex Wilson

Alex who is 17 and from Sheffield is currently gaining valuable skills working alongside other joiners at the Parson Green and Monteney Park developments.

He commenced his Joinery apprenticeship in September 2014 and attends Rotherham College once a week to work towards his NVQ Level 2.

Joe Fynan

17 year old Joe of Failsworth left St Matthews RC High school with 11 GCSE�s. After learning about the apprenticeship scheme on the internet he decided this was the path for him.

Joe is currently working towards his NVQ level 2 in Joinery and attends Openshaw College in Manchester 1 day a week. For the rest of the week Joe works alongside other joiners at Gleeson's Manchester developments.

He is hoping to continue to his Level 3 NVQ once he has finished Level 2.

Curtis Mune

18 year old Curtis discovered the apprenticeship scheme online after finishing his A Levels at Deyes High School, Liverpool.

Curtis attends Hugh Baird College once a week working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Joinery and Carpentry.

Curtis said "The best part of the apprenticeship for me is the hands on on site experience."

Jak Corrie

Jak who is 16 from Huyton in Liverpool heard about the apprenticeship scheme through a friend after finishing his GCSEs at All Saints Catholic High School.

He attends Hugh Baird College once a week studying his NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying and is currently working at the Knowsley Lane development alongside other bricklayers.

Jak told us "The apprenticeship scheme makes learning a trade easier as its mostly practical work on site."

Connor Hallinan

Connor Hallinan from Manchester is currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying.

He attends Salford Tech College 1 day a week and spends the rest of the week working at the Manchester developments alongside other bricklaying gangs gaining valuable hands on work experience.

Connor heard about the apprenticeship scheme through a friend and would be attending college full time had he not started this.

Matthew Oliver

Matthew age 17 had just completed an NVQ Level 1 in Joinery at college when he was told about the Gleeson Apprenticeship Scheme.

He commenced a 2 year Joinery Apprenticeship with Gleeson Homes in September 2013 and is currently working at the Parson Green & Monteney Park developments in Sheffield. As part of the NVQ Matthew attends Rotherham College one day each week.

Matthew said, "The apprenticeship scheme gives me the chance to earn as I learn and to get the practical experience at the same time as gaining new qualifications".

Matthew Oliver Apprentice
Alix Ward

Alix, aged 17, commenced his Joinery Apprenticeship in September 2013 working at the Parson Green & Monteney Park developments in Sheffield.

He learnt about scheme after reading a local news article which mentioned Apprenticeships through Gleeson's Community Matters programme Said Alix, "I have always wanted to follow in my father's footsteps as a joiner but never had the opportunity until now".

He added, "Apprenticeships are a great way to learn new skills and meet new people gaining valuable experience for the future."

Alix Ward Apprentice
Luke Gray

18 year old Luke commenced his bricklaying apprenticeship in September 2013. He is currently gaining valuable work experience at the Carlisle Park development in Swinton.

Luke was made aware of Gleeson's Apprenticeship scheme through CITB who sent him regular emails. He is now working towards his NVQ level 2 with the option of progressing to a 3rd year at the end of it.

Adam Dixon

16 year old Adam Dixon of Houghton le Spring learned about Gleeson homes" Apprenticeship scheme though an apprenticeship website they were told about at school.

Adam is now obtaining valuable skills at the Temperance Court development in Ushaw Moor, County Durham working alongside his father and uncle who both work as subcontract bricklayers for Gleeson Homes.

He is working towards his NVQ Level 2 in bricklaying attending New College Durham 1 day a week.

Adam says, '"Once I have completed the 2 year NVQ course I hope to continue onto the third year and eventually become a fully qualified bricklayer working for Gleeson".

Jordan Briggs

Jordon Briggs of Chester le Street attended the Hermitage Academy where he learned about apprenticeship schemes and discovered Gleeson Homes through a website available at school.

Jordan is currently attending New College in Durham once a week during term time where he is studying for his NVQ level 2 in joinery. For the rest of the week Jordan is part of the team on site at Temperance Court learning valuable on the job skills as he works towards his qualification.

He explains; "Once I have finished my training for Level 2 I am hoping to complete a further year at college to get to Level 3. Long term I hope to become a qualified joiner working for Gleeson Homes".

Richard Geeleher

21 year old Richard Geeleher of Mugall left Deyes High School with 11 GCSE's. After discovering Gleeson's apprenticeships through CITB he decided he wanted to learn a trade.

Richard is now gaining valuable skills working alongside other joiners at the Stanley Walk development in Huyton, Merseyside.

He is working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Site Joinery and Carpentry attending Liverpool Community College 1 day a week.

David Wickstrom

David aged 24 of Whiston was planning to go to college full time to learn a trade until he learnt about the Gleeson Apprenticeship Scheme through an email from CITB.

David said, "If I hadn't started the apprenticeship with Gleeson I would have attended college full time but this way I get to learn as I go picking up valuable site experience that I wouldn't have gotten attending college full time".

David is currently working at the Stanley Walk development in Huyton, Merseyside and attends Liverpool Community College 1 day a week.

Kavan Grainger

After completing his GCSEs, Kavan approached Barnsley College about Apprenticeships and in September started an apprenticeship in Joinery at the Barnburgh View site in Goldthorpe.

Kavan is now working under the close supervision of Gleeson's Site Manager to learn new joinery techniques and get invaluable experience of the house building industry.

Said Kavan, "I am really enjoying the apprenticeship so far, it's great to go to College, learn new techniques & then be able to practice them on site the next day."

Jamie Connealy

Jamie commenced his Joinery Apprenticeship in September 2012 working at Lowfield Park in Bolton on Dearne.

Jamie, aged 18, lives in Sheffield and enquired about Apprentice opportunities after seeing Gleeson's signs at the forthcoming Parson Cross development close to where he lives.

After leaving school Jamie completed a diploma in Joinery and was keen to start using his skills on site. The Apprenticeship Scheme was the perfect solution as it will give Jamie the site experience he wants whilst allowing him to continue his studies with an NVQ qualification.

Joshua Fowler

Bricklayer, Joshua, commenced his Apprenticeship in September 2012 working at Lowfield Park and attending Sheffield College 1 day per week.

He learnt about the scheme after reading a local news article which mentioned apprenticeships through Gleeson's Community Matters programme.

Joshua, who has always wanted to work in the construction industry, is gaining extensive experience of housebuilding, working with all trades on site, including bricklayers, to increase his skills set.

Joshua explains, "My aim is to successfully complete my NVQ in bricklaying, however I am also interested in other trades, so it's great that the scheme is providing me with many other skills".

Christopher Richards

Local lad Chris applied for the Gleeson Apprenticeship Scheme after noticing work had commenced on a new development near to where he lives in South Shields, Tyne & Wear.

Chris, aged 18, had just completed the first year of a Joinery course at South Tyneside College but was keen to find an apprenticeship which would offer on-site experience as well as a qualification.

Chris is now obtaining valuable skills at the Reginald Gardens development in Boldon, assisting in the installation of floor joists and roof trusses whilst studying at Sunderland College one day a week.

Morgan Walten

Morgan, aged 16, lives in Sunderland & applied for the Gleeson Apprenticeship scheme after successfully completing a CITB test whilst studying for his GCSEs at St Aidans School in Sunderland.

In September 2012 Morgan commenced a two year Joinery apprenticeship at Gleeson's Marley Park development in Sunderland. Morgan is now working under the supervision of Gleeson's Site Manager to learn all aspects of the house building process with a focus on joinery.

Morgan said, "The combination of college work plus site experience is a great mix. Once I have completed the 2 year NVQ course I would like to continue onto the third year and hopefully then secure a full time joinery position with Gleeson Homes".

Photo left to right - Christopher Richards, Daniel Taylor & Morgan Walten

Luis Tanswell

Luis commenced his apprenticeship with Gleeson in September 2011 aged 16. After completing a 3 year carpentry apprenticeship in June 2014, Luis set up as self-employed and started subcontracting to Gleeson across our Manchester developments.

At the start of his apprenticeship Luis said: "If I had not joined Gleeson's Apprenticeship Scheme I would probably have gone to college full time. I think the scheme is a much better option as you get hands-on work experience whilst studying towards an industry recognised qualification".

Greg Lyons

Greg successfully completed a 3 year apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery with Gleeson Homes working at our Grove Village development in Manchester. He gained valuable work experience and successfully completed his NVQ.

At the end of his 3 year apprenticeship Greg was promoted to Trainee Assistant Site Manager and continues to be supported by the company to attend Manchester College 1 day per week to study for a HNC in Construction and The Built Environment.

When starting his journey with Gleeson, Greg said "Once I have completed the 2 year NVQ I would like to move onto the 3rd year which is more management orientated".

Jack Tilston

Jack joined Gleeson Homes in September 2011 working as an Apprentice Bricklayer at our Grove Village development in Manchester.
Since then, after completing a 3 year apprenticeship programme Jack has joined a bricklaying gang and continues to work on our Manchester developments.

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