Dylan Warren, 27, has come full circle returning to Achieve Training as a Joinery Tutor. Having loved his experience so much as a teenager, Dylan wanted to give other young people the skills and same inspiring experience he had on his career journey. 

An aspiring tutor 

"I always wanted to become a joiner, the prospect of working with my hands and being able to build something just really resonated in me. I  left Longton High School at the age of 16 and dropped out of Stoke-on-Trent College in the hope of pursuing an apprenticeship in a trade area at Achieve Training," Dylan explained. 

He continues: "I picked up skills in joinery, measuring, cutting and building structures out of wood. I spent time closely with my peers and tutor learning what I needed whilst on programme to progress onto my first apprenticeship position." 

Building his skills 

"My first apprenticeship job was with B3 Shopfittings near Stone. This was where I really built up my skills, I helped to build a range of shops including Costa, Subway etc. I gained more experience in joinery, electrical, and more. It was a really multi-skilled job. From here I then progressed with Trenton Construction working on refurbishing hospital wards and building new medical units.

"I had some great experience thanks to a range of apprenticeship positions allowing me to progress from my level 2 to level 3 and more. One of my final apprenticeship positions was with a local firm Brenden Fern Ltd which helped me work on bigger projects like property extensions and renovations." 

"What I realised after my time building my skills, is that I really wanted to give something back. To show other young people what I have learnt and how my experience with apprenticeships has made me the person I am today". 

Coming full circle

Dylan started his job here at Achieve Training in 2020 as a joinery tutor, after wanting to become a tutor to share his skills. Dylan now works very closely with young learners and apprentices coming through the doors of Achieve who are also looking to pursue their careers in joinery and carpentry. 

"I've gone through this process myself of being a learner in centre and I think it really helps me when forming connections with the young learners who come through the doors today. I've been in their shoes so I know exactly what they have to go through in order to achieve their career success. It takes hard work and determination to get where you want to be, it's not easy but I can say from my own experience it's totally worth it." 

If you want to follow in Dylan's footsteps to a successful career in joinery or construction, you can explore our pre-apprenticeship programme here. 

 

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