Careers With LMB Group Ltd

For National Apprenticeship Week we decided we would ask our previous apprentices some questions about working and learning with LMB Group

Laurence Sangster

Q. How long have you worked with LMB?

A. Too long (laugh), actually 12 years or so

Q. Why do you work for LMB

A. I don’t know - I wish someone would tell me - The company is local, most of time treated fine, don’t get bothered by office to be micro managed, left to own devises and independent now, most of time respected from fellow workers / management

Q. How do you take your tea

A. No sugar little bit of milk - coffee preferred

Q. What benefits has your apprenticeship given you

A. Opportunity to getting a placement was a big thing for me - good step stone with recognised qualification at end

Q. What are you doing now with LMB / how have you progressed

A. Good stepping stone - Has given me the opportunity to run and project manage all my own jobs which involves teaching new recruited apprenticeship graduates which can be hard at time but I enjoy the additional challenge most of the time

Q. What course did you do

A. Wood Occupations in City and Guilds

Q. How long did / do you take to qualify

A. Took 2 years for level 2. Unfortunately level 3 was not available at the time from local college but I had the opportunity to continued working with LMB with senior support , in actual fact the remained with same team for 4 in total

Q. What qualification level have you gained

A. City and Guilds

Q. How much practical work - verses class room study

A. First year was full time at college (3 days) did part time shop work too. Second year was 4 day placement on site with LMB apprenticeship which also involved 1 day pre week at college

Q. Have you had the right amount of support

A. Yes definitely

Q. Have your learnt extra skills that you was not aware of

A. Learnt how to do roofing, when I started with LMB the company was small so the project manager I worked with covered more trades, I now specific in my job area. Doing the apprenticeship with practical work has given me really good people skills, I was quite shy when I first left school and did not like talking to people beforehand and this has been a good grounded to increase my confidence

Q. Has the apprentice built your confidence as person in a working environment or personal life

A. Yes changed completely me in all areas of my life . Being around all the different characters has helped me to build confidence and learn about people

Q. How has it helped to achieve where you are now

A. Without this apprenticeship I would not have even start doing loft conversions. My original plan was to be working in a more niche market of oak framing with barns, perhaps one day this will be a project of my own but for now loft conversions is my life and career

Q. Would you recommend an apprenticeship

A. Yes definitely

Q. How hard was the apprentice with additional time spent learning

A. I did not find it too hard - quite straight forward as long as you don’t leave deadlines and work priorities to the last minute but doing tasks as and when they came up

Brandon Moon

Q. How long have you worked with LMB

A. 3.5 years

Q. Why do you work for LMB

A. Carpentry offered

Q. How do you take your tea

A. milk 3 sugars

Q. What benefits has your apprenticeship given you

A. knowledge on site, first hand experience

Q. What are you doing now with LMB / how have you progressed

A. More responsibility, more you learn more responsibility. On site, managing darren mentoring a new apprentice

Q. What course did you do

A. Site carpentry Level 3

Q. How long did / do you take to qualify

A. 1 year per level

Q. What qualification level have you gained

A. NVQ Site Carpentry

Q. How much practical work - verses class room study

A. college = 50/50 on site all practical. College once a week all day

Q. Have you had the right amount of support

A. Yeah, Laurence helped, because he knew what it was like

Q. Have your learnt extra skills that you was not aware of

A. Different ways of doing it practically, problem solving

Q. Has the apprentice built your confidence as person in a working environment or personal life

A. More people you meet, more confident. Deal directly with clients

Q. How has it helped to achieve where you are now

A. On site more helpful than in college - learnt more by doing it picking things up as you go along

Q. Would you recommend an apprenticeship

A. Job security - stick with one company

Q. How hard was the apprentice with additional time spent learning

A. No pressure - everything fit into college day.

Shaun Jackman.

Q. How long have you worked with LMB

A. About a year and half

Q. Why do you work for LMB

A. Because LMB offered an carpentry apprenticeship, first interview and wanted to take the opportunity with the company

Q. How do you take your tea

A. Two sugars and splash of milk

Q. What benefits has your apprenticeship given you

A. Learnt a hell of a lot not only in carpentry but other trades too like roofing tiling and other ad hoc client specific jobs

Q. What are you doing now with LMB / how have you progressed

A. Definitely progressed - given work where I can continue unsupervised, I now feel comfortable being on site when other staff member has stepped away briefly

Q. What course did you do

A. Level 2 Site Carpentry. I have not made choice with regards to doing level three at this stage, I am going to see how I am at the end of this apprenticeship first

Q. How long did / do you take to qualify

A. Hopefully will be complete and have all college theory works signed off within 2 - 3 months from now so two years in total

Q. What qualification level have you gained

A. NVQ

Q. How much practical work - verses class room study

A. I spend only one day per week in college for whole two year period so I am on site the majority of time which is great way to learn the practical side of the skill

Q. Have you had the right amount of support

A. Yes definitely treated well by LMB and have good supervisor who was my mentor consistent during the whole training programme

Q. Have your learnt extra skills that you was not aware of

A. Given me the opportunity to move from doing basic labour work to be in a position where I am actual live on the tools and doing carpentry

Q. Has the apprentice built your confidence as person in a working environment or personal life

A. Yes definitely as you learn a lot of skills which is really helpful and you can take these skills anywhere in the world