Whatever your age, gender or interest, One Manchester could have a life-changing apprenticeship to suit your needs.
We are committed to employing at least 10 apprentices at any one time across a range of trades and occupations including IT, surveying, electrical, plumbing, gas and plastering.
Vacancies come up throughout the year and we will be recruiting very soon so check our vacancies page regularly: www.onemanchester.co.uk/careers
And if you’re still not completely sure, consider the following views from some of those who have completed our apprentice scheme and now work in various roles within One Manchester’s operational services:
Jay-Anne began her two-year apprenticeship with the Grounds Maintenance Team in September 2014 and has just 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 and will soon be working on her chainsaw license and driving license so that she can drive the work van. She’s amazed by how much she’s learned about so many different aspects of the job in a short period of time and takes real pride in her work.
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. Before I started working here I would just have seen a patch of grass but now I look around and see what a difference I’ve made.”
Amari Knott’s life could easily have headed in a different direction had he not joined One Manchester as an electrical apprentice in 2012. The 21-year-old, from Hulme, overcame lots of challenges in life but his commitment and determination to do something positive has paid dividends as he continues to grow in his role as a full-time electrician.
Amari said: “The apprenticeship has definitely helped me grow up. I knew I had to just take the opportunity and run with it. 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 in her twenties but felt the training opportunities on offer locally seemed to be very male-orientated, so opted for a different career working as a marketing manager for a buying and imports company. Like Jay-Anne, she didn’t feel like it was the right fit and so in 2008, aged 30, she made the brave decision to embark on a four-year electrical apprenticeship and is now an electrical supervisor with One Manchester.
Emma said: “It’s a great way to start – or change in my case - your career, as you are both employed and training at the same time. 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 in being able to fix something and resolve issues for customers.”
Daniel Marshall, 24, was a self-employed plumber before starting a joinery apprenticeship with One Manchester which he completed earlier this year. Although it meant taking a pay-cut initially, not an easy decision for anyone to take, Daniel definitely feels it was the right decision. He is now employed by One Manchester as a full-time multi-skills operative, which gives him the chance to use both his plumbing and joinery skills and provides a secure income to support his young family.
Daniel said: “It can be hard at first, especially when you feel like you could be making more money but it’s worth it. I always hated being in a classroom but doing an apprenticeship you have the support of the team around you who have already been apprentices showing you the ropes.”