My Apprenticeship Journey

“We invest in our people, and a great example of this is through our Apprentice Programme. Rebecca Mullen joined us initially on a work experience placement.  Struck by her hard work, commitment and enthusiasm, we were thrilled to offer Rebecca a plumbing apprenticeship with us.

Here, Rebecca tells her story on how she got to work for Osborne and what she thinks of the apprenticeship so far!

I applied to undertake a Workbased Learning Course (WBL) with the Astley Cooper School after my final year at school.  The WBL course is unique in the way that part of the course is tailored to the student’s individual career requirements. Two days a week involves learning at the school, whilst the remaining three days are spent in a work place environment with a local employer.  When I was at school I completed a Building Zone course which helped me realise I wanted to peruse a career in plumbing. However, I wanted to start earning a wage so college on its own didn’t appeal to me.

So, I set my goal on a plumbing apprenticeship.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work placement at Osborne.  Steve Greenfield (my Line Manager) and Anthony Banham (my Mentor) gave me the freedom to have real ‘hands on’ experience, not just learning the trade but developing my soft skills too.  I worked as part of a larger team and everyone was very welcoming and supportive.

As the WBL course came to a close, I knew pursuing a career in plumbing was what I wanted to do.  I didn’t want to leave Osborne so I was over the moon when they offered me an apprenticeship.

Now that I am employed by  Osborne I am  able to carry certain tasks which I previously was not allowed to do such as working at height and  using power tools. The opportunities I’ve been given have been incredible but as well as that, I am gaining a qualification, getting industry knowledge and all whilst getting paid!   I am looking forward to starting my college side of the apprenticeship in September.

To anyone out there who is thinking about starting an apprenticeship, go for it!”

Congratulations to Rebecca, it shows that hard work certainly pays off!

Written by Rebecca Mullen