Ryan John, 27, is in the middle of his Level 2 Plumbing and Gas apprenticeship at Aster.

We asked Ryan about his background and career history to date.

I studied at Yeovil College to become a chef after completing a Level 3 in catering. I worked for five years as a chef but I didn’t enjoy the work as much as I had anticipated. When I left the catering industry I started work as a labourer and became inspired by a plumber I met, I saw the apprenticeship opportunity with Aster and applied, I have a few friends who had done an apprenticeship so I was aware of what was involved.

What are your day to day activities and what would you say are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

My role can change every day, for example one day I will be installing boilers and heating systems/radiators, on other days I will be working with the response team to resolve issues such as changing broken parts or fixing heating breakdowns. The benefits of this apprenticeship are that I am learning on the job every day, which in this industry is the best way to learn and gain new skills – by doing.

What is your advice to others considering an apprenticeship? And what are your future plans?

Give it your all and show interest, those who are training you will support you if they can see you’re interest. The balance of an apprenticeship between work and theory means my learning at college is reinforced. I am on track to finish my Level 2 at the start of July this year, I will then be carrying out my Level 3 to become a Gas Engineer, I may also specialise in oil boilers for example in the future.

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