Apprentice Site Operative
We’re recruiting 20 apprentices who will work on our exciting projects and help shape the UK’s path to net zero. Based in London, Apprentice Site Operative, Adam Baldwin, has been with us for just over a year, and has picked up a wealth of skills that will help him succeed in his chosen field. He’s answered some of our burning questions about his experience at Vital so far.
Tell us a little bit about you and your role at Vital
I’m an Apprentice Site Operative learning to be a plumber, and currently studying for my NVQ Level 2 qualification. As well as the curriculum learning, I’m able to work on large scale projects and learn from highly skilled plumbers, who seem to know everything there is to know about the trade!
Why did you choose to go down the apprenticeship route?
I chose this route as I wanted to earn while I was learning, and gain hands on experience as a plumber within the energy sector, which I believe will really boost my job prospects. Once you have the skills and knowledge that an apprenticeship provides you have them with you for life! I’m also looking forward to starting my career without the burden of student loan debt.
Why did you choose to complete an apprenticeship at Vital in particular?
I chose Vital as they were recommended to me by a friend who told me they were a growing and successful company. I looked into the projects Vital work on that are helping contribute to a greener planet, and I wanted to be a part of that. They have a really good reputation too, and although my qualification alone will enhance my career prospects, I think having Vital on my CV will too.
What project are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on phase 9 of the Royal Arsenal Riverside project, which includes a full fit out of the apartments in two 20 storey blocks, including HIUs, sprinklers and external works. I’m learning new skills and techniques every day from the guys I work alongside on site, who are extremely knowledgeable and always happy to answer my questions.
What has the support from Vital been like?
The support I have received so far is excellent. My manager James is always on the end of the phone whenever I need to speak to him about anything, and is always willing to listen. The team I work with on site made me feel welcome right from the start, and they go out of their way to teach me new techniques, which makes me feel like they’re pushing me to succeed.
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to complete my Level 2 NVQ and either venture into a supervisory role, or go over to the Operation & Maintenance side of the business and continue to learn and develop my trade. I’m certain that Vital will equip me with all the skills I need to succeed.
We are working on nationwide projects and are looking to recruit apprentices from all over the UK. The curriculum learning will take place in the North West, so depending on your location, this may require residential attendance which will be funded by the company.