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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

London’s #1 College for Skills

ricky plumbing

"They really want you to pass, and you know you don't have to worry about getting a decent job."

"After school, I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do. When I was offered an Apprenticeship, I took it straightaway.

It's worked out very well so far. I go out with different engineers, learning to install boilers, servicing, fitting parts. One day a week I go to College, learning the theory, doing mock exams and preparing for the real ones in a year's time. I'll be finishing Level 1 in a month and moving on to Level 2. I think I won't have any problems.

There are lots of things to remember and it's a lot to take in; to be honest, I do prefer being out doing the plumbing work. But the tutors at College are really helpful, they teach you a lot. It's something different, something to look forward to. And you can do practical work there too; last week I connected up a cooker.

My aim is to qualify first time, then carry on with this company.

I would say to other young people: try to get an Apprenticeship, it's really good. You get paid, you get to meet a load of different people and it's good to know you're doing something rather than sitting around. They really want you to pass, and you know you don't have to worry about getting a decent job."

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