Four Manchester residents, who completed apprenticeships with place-making organisation One Manchester, are challenging the public to consider whether an apprenticeship might just be the opportunity they have been searching for.
Jay-Anne McCabe, Amari Knott, Emma Connor and Daniel Marshall all trained as apprentices with One Manchester and now work in various roles within the Group’s operational services. They all have different stories to tell but as a group they are a testament to the fact that whatever your age, gender or interest, there could be a life-changing apprenticeship that suits you.
Jay Anne began her two-year apprenticeship with the Grounds Maintenance Team in September 2014 and has recently completed her NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture, six months ahead of schedule. In that time Jay Anne has achieved her spraying and Japanese knotweed licenses so that she can now drive the work van.
She is amazed by how much she has learnt about so many different aspects of the job, in such a short period of time. Jay Anne said “This apprenticeship has given me a different opportunity and an insight into the variety this line of work offers. You get loads of support and are given responsibility so your confidence increases”.
Amari Knott’s life could have easily been steered in a different direction had he not joined One Manchester as an electrical apprentice in 2012. The 21-year-old, from Hulme, had to overcome many challenges in life but his commitment and determination to do something positive has paid dividends, as he continues to prosper in his role as a full-time electrician.
Amari stated, “The apprenticeship has definitely helped me grow up. I wanted to prove that if you graft hard enough you can get where you want to go”.
Emma Connor knew she wanted to be an electrician but felt that the training opportunities on offer, locally, seemed to be very male-orientated so she opted to work as a marketing manager for a buying and imports company. However she didn’t feel that her occupation was the right fit and so, in 2008 at the age of 30, she made the valiant decision to embark on a four-year electrical apprenticeship. She is now an electrical supervisor with One Manchester.
Whilst commenting on the significance of her apprenticeship, Emma said “It’s a great way to start – or change in my case – your career. Being paid to learn: it’s the ideal scenario. I love what I do. Every day there is a new challenge and you get a real sense of accomplishment”.
24-year-old Daniel Marshall was a self-employed plumber before starting a joinery apprenticeship with One Manchester, which he completed earlier this year. He is now employed by One Manchester as a full-time multi-skills operative, which gives him the chance to utilise both his plumbing and joinery skills and to provide a secure income for his young family.