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Ryan Simpkins

Level 3 - NVQ Carpentry (Site) Apprenticeship

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Ryan Simpkins, 23, started working for a local construction company called Sandymount Construction Ltd in Royal Wootton Bassett, helping with extensions and work on schools, but then his boss offered him the chance to do a carpentry apprenticeship at Swindon College alongside his day job.

He said:

I personally think Swindon College is one of the best colleges around, I heard good things about it from friends and I have really liked my time here. It has been nice to meet new people and learn new things. The 1st year included cutting skills, the 2nd year included roof work and hanging doors and the 3rd year was still very practical but with a lot more theory work. I loved doing a roof with the assessor this year as it was good experience doing something I have never done before.

Ryan added:

All the tutors were helpful and the facilities are great as there is a lot of space in the workshop with all the tools we need. I would definitely recommend Swindon College and I tell people to do an apprenticeship rather than go to University as you will have no debt and gain a great qualification.