Apprentice case study: Danielle Sharpe

Apprentice case study: Danielle Sharpe

Plumbing apprentice Danielle Sharpe was initially hesitant trying to get an apprenticeship as she didn’t know a lot about the construction industry. However, when Hudson Contract offered to part-fund the first year of her Apprenticeship with her stepfather, Craig Butcher, who is a self-employed plumbing, heating and gas engineer, she decided to take the leap.

“When I left school, I would not have imagined I would be doing a plumbing apprenticeship! I considered going into the construction industry many times in the past but I worried that I would completely embarrass myself so I never went for it. My stepdad knew I had always struggled deciding on a career path so he offered me the great opportunity of doing an apprenticeship with him. I decided to give it a go and I have not looked back since.

“College is going great too – I get to learn all the legislation and background for the job and then go on-site and practice it all first-hand. Plus, I really look forward to socialising with the others in my class and chatting about what we’ve been doing at work throughout the week.

“To anyone thinking about starting a construction apprenticeship I would just say to go for it and take the plunge. It can be very hard work but it really is so rewarding and you get the best of both worlds! Earning a wage whilst you’re learning and meeting so many different people. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my makeup and buying new clothes but I now spend a huge amount of time looking at tools! I feel like I am moving from strength-to-strength and learning so much each day.”

During Hudson Contract’s recent event celebrating apprentices, 19-year-old Danielle was awarded first prize for her hard work.

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