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Bourne engineer praises apprenticeships

Apprentice engineer Courtney Power likes nothing more than seeing her technical designs and drawings become a reality as people move into their new homes.

The 21-year-old, from Bourne, is awaiting the results of her HNC in Construction and the Built Environment ahead of moving onto Level 6 of her apprenticeship with Persimmon Homes East Midlands, based in Peterborough.

Courtney, who says she was inspired by her father and grandfather who both worked in construction, says: “I have loved my apprenticeship and for me it was a better way of learning and getting my qualifications than going to university.

Courtney Power (44672475)
Courtney Power (44672475)

“I always wanted to work in construction and I sought out an opportunity to begin as an apprentice engineer with Persimmon.

“The role is a big job and I work across such a broad range of technicalities that no day is ever the same. I can be creating duct plans or updating drawings or I can be out on site.

“I especially like going on site and seeing something that began with a drawing turned into an actual house and people moving in.

“I would not hesitate to recommend the apprentice route for qualification. It gives you practical experience and on-the-job learning. I did two days classroom based and the rest distance learning and it helped me enormously to apply the skills I was learning at work.”

Ben Purdy, technical director for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “Each year we employ a number of apprentices in various roles as we believe it’s important to be supporting and developing our future workforce.”

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