16th February 2021

Apprentice Painter Rewarded with NVQ

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Apprentice Painter, Francesca Fordham, has been carving out her career in the construction industry through our Apprenticeship Scheme. Far from a blank canvas, Francesca has even been halfway around the world while in her role.

Q: When did you join Axis and how did you hear about our apprenticeship programme?

Francesca: I began my career at Axis as an Apprentice Painter in September 2018. I was 17 years old and attended North Kent College in Gravesend – and Axis came to us looking for students to join their Apprentice Scheme.

Q: What have been the stages of your career since you joined as an apprentice? Any promotions along the way?

Francesca: I started out at Level 1 and I am now at Level 3.

Q: Describe your day-to-day experiences as an Apprentice?

Francesca: I attended college in Gravesend for 1 day a week, whilst working with Axis on-site for the other 4 days.

Q: How did you benefit from ongoing support as an Apprentice?

Francesca: I benefitted by attending the Dulux wallpapering course.

The Dulux Academy in Slough offers Apprentice Painters the opportunity to take part in a master class as part of their career development, exposing them to leading technology and the latest skills. Find out more about the story, here.

Q: How has completing an Apprenticeship with Axis helped your career and what made you stay at Axis?

Francesca: Doing an apprenticeship at Axis has helped me qualify with a Level 2 NVQ and diploma. It’s a good company to work for and there are lots of benefits, which is what made me stay.

Q: What was the highlight of your apprenticeship and what part of was the most challenging?

Francesca: The highlight of my Apprenticeship has to be volunteering to refurbish a school in South Africa. We were able to go and help disadvantaged children have a better education. The most challenging think about the apprenticeship was joining the painting apprentice team as the only girl. Find out more about Fran’s trip, here.

Q: Looking back, what advice would you give to others who are considering doing an apprenticeship?

Francesca: Apprenticeships are a good way to climb the career ladder, and it gives you a good start to a qualification.

Read our Work Inspiration brochure, here.

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