Meet Callum

Callum outside of Preston Vocational Centre

Why did you choose PVC?

Previously I had been on the Prince's Trust Programme and I was looking for something to do after it, as I had done my work experience at PVC. I spoke to the team about attending PVC on the ESIF programme and enrolled.

What have you learned at PVC?

I have learned:

  • bricklaying
  • plastering
  • painting and decorating
  • plumbing
  • building maintainace 
  • carpentry
  • joinery and
  • health and safety.

PVC has helped me to develop my skills and to help me get a job.

How has PVC affected your life?

PVC has helped improve my  chances of gaining a job and gave me a good reference. PVC has also given me ambition to achieve a job in my chosen trade. I have also worked on my communication skills and my time-keeping skills.

What are your next career steps?

I now have a job within the roofing trade which I aim to start soon.

Meet Owen

Owen outside of Preston Vocational Centre

Why did you choose PVC?

I didn’t fit in the school environment and I have always had an interest in construction. I  came for a look around the centre and had a taster of different trades.

I really enjoyed my taster session and I then knew I wanted to pursue a career in construction, in particular bricklaying and plastering.  

What have you learned at PVC?

When I leave PVC I will have accomplished my BTEC level 1 Diploma in construction. The Diploma includes bricklaying, plastering, painting and decorating, joinery, plumbing, carpentry, health and safety, manual handing and building maintenance.

Whilst at PVC I undertook bricklaying work experience at J.Townley which gave me the chance to have an experience of real life work, it was freezing on the coldest day of the year.

How has PVC affected your life?

PVC has taught me valuable life and work skills that will help me in the future. The construction skills will help me to get a job of my choice in bricklaying. It has also taught me life skills like time keeping.

What are your next career steps?

I am looking forward to getting a nice apprenticeship in bricklaying, and owning my own bricklaying firm.