One of things that sets Fortem’s forward-thinking Apprenticeship Scheme apart is the fact the company offer apprentices the opportunity to train in a second core trade, meaning they become highly valuable multi-skilled tradespeople.
A testimonial from Birmingham-based Laurence Lawson, 20, who is in his second year of Fortem’s two-year Apprenticeship Scheme:
“One of the best things about Fortem’s Apprenticeship Scheme is the amount of work we do in different homes. A lot of those on my college course, who are apprentices elsewhere, are only assembling new builds – they don’t experience the same variety of challenges.
“The mentors I’ve had during the scheme have been brilliant. They’ve let me get on with the job, but they’ve been there so I can ask questions. They’ve helped me with anything I’ve struggled with, including if I haven’t understood something at college.”
“When I finish my apprenticeship in a couple of months, Fortem is putting me through an NVQ Level 3 in carpentry and joinery. The multiskilling opportunities the Fortem offers are brilliant – I might be sent on a locksmith or plumbing course at the 4Life Academy in Birmingham, and I’ll take all of the opportunities that are offered to me. They will all make me more a valuable member of the team.”