Former apprentice James Dillett talks about his journey from being an apprentice to a business owner and back to helping apprentices as an assessor. 

Case File:


  • Name: James Dillett
  • Age: 32
  • Job title: Self-employed carpet fitter, JK Carpets and Flooring
  • PM Training apprentice: 2001

Why did you choose to go to PM Training?

I went to Moorside High School in Cellarhead and the careers adviser was talking to everyone about going to college, when he got to me he handed me a card for PM Training.

I did skip a lot of classes at school, but I knew I wanted to do something practical and I didn’t really want to sit in a classroom. When I heard PM Training gave you an attendance payment I thought that’s the place for me.

What do you remember about your time at PM Training?

I remember having a great time with the assessors, I felt like I had found my niche straight away.

I started learning general skills and then went on to the carpeting van. It was great, I was there for ten months.

How did your apprenticeship change your career path?

Although I started at PM Training, I didn’t actually do an apprenticeship.

After ten months on the carpeting van I applied for a job at a carpeting shop in Cheadle and PM Training gave me a good reference so I got the job.

I was there for seven years before coming back to PM Training as a supervisor. I was able to train some really great lads, four are still carpet fitting now and I work with them sometimes as subcontractors.

What piece of advice would you give to young people considering an apprenticeship?

If you are determined and hardworking, PM Training will support you and train you in lots of different aspects of work.

You may not always know exactly what you want to do but if you try a few different things you will get along fine. I originally wanted to be a joiner but ended up fitting carpets.

Where has your job taken you?

I never expected to end up back at PM Training as a supervisor. I was there for seven years before I went self-employed. It was great to be able to give something back and help people in the same position I was once in.

What is the most valuable information you learned?

I learnt so much at PM Training, it was a great start in life and I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me. They always supported me, even now I am still in touch with many of the lads there.

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