National Apprenticeship Week
3 February 2020
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve taken a look back over the years at apprentices new and old to find out a little bit more about their apprenticeship experience. In 2012 Doornbos Equipment opened the doors to their first Apprentice, Sam Hook and have welcomed another 9 apprentices since.
Sam started with us straight out of school when he was just 16 and qualified in 2015 at the age of 19. Since then Sam has continued his career journey with Doornbos and is highly respected as one of our Service Engineers, responsible for taking care of the Vacuum Unit department.
Sam said “I’m so glad I did an apprenticeship, I feel like I’ve learnt invaluable skills and experiences that I would never of had if I went to college. I much prefer hands on learning as I feel like it keeps me more engaged. I’ve been at Doornbos for almost 9 years and I never thought that I would leave school and go straight into a career I enjoy. My bit of advice for anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship is – go for it! If it doesn’t work out or you change your mind, you can go back to college at any age. Apprenticeships provide skills that can only be learnt on the job”.
Chris Ranson is another employee who started his journey as an apprentice and is still with us today. Chris started at Doornbos when he was 18 years old and has been with us for almost 6 years. After leaving school, Chris went straight into college but after 2 years, he realised it wasn’t for him. He is now a well loved member of the team and looks after the High Pressure Water Jetting department.
Chris said “College was not for me, I didn’t like the subjects I’d chosen and I’d completely lost interest. I needed something more hands on to keep my attention, that’s why I applied for my apprenticeship at Doornbos and I haven’t looked back since”.
Our current apprentice is Jack Buxton, who is currently in his second year training with us. We sat down with our Water Jetting Engineering Apprentice Jack to find out a little bit more about him and how his apprenticeship is going.
Jack said “My apprenticeship is going really well. I’ve made good friends, we get bacon sandwiches every Friday (winner, winner) and its not repetitive and boring like I used to find school. Every day is different and although some days can be challenging it keeps me more interested… I left school and came straight into this apprenticeship. The process was really straight forward, with a little help from my dad and the college and now I have a lecturer that comes out and does workplace visits and helps me with any written work that I’m struggling with. I chose to do an apprenticeship because I thought it was better for me. I’m much better practically than academically and I enjoy it a lot more. I feel like I’ve learnt lots of skills through this apprenticeship such as skills of the trade, how to work a team, how to work independently, communication skills and problem solving… If I was to give someone looking for an apprenticeship any advice it would be, do it because it’s one of the best experiences you’ll have. You get paid to learn skills in a job that you enjoy. Its the perfect set up for getting into the working world”.
Doornbos Equipment specialise in the Rental and Sales of High Pressure Pumps, Vacuum Units, and High Pressure Hoses. With over 20 years of experience, we are renowned for working with only the safest, most efficient and reliable equipment.
With a fully stocked parts centre and onsite engineers, along with a recognised Water Jetting Association (WJA) training centre, Doornbos can be your one stop shop for water jetting and vacuum equipment.Read More