Former Apprentice Case Study – Tom Weston

Name: Tom Weston
Employer: Tom Weston Construction Services
Type of apprenticeship: Carpenter

Tom went to Bishop Perowne School where he achieved several A-C grade GCSEs. After leaving school at 16 years Tom then went onto Full Time College course at Worcester College where he completed a 1-year Foundation carpentry course which he then followed on from by starting an apprenticeship in Carpentry with an employer he worked for on a Saturday. Tom continued onto an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in carpentry and completed both level 2 and 3 City & Guilds qualifications and NVQs in under 2 years. Tom was still keen to progress further with his qualifications so he continued day release at college, supported by his employer, for a further 2 years and achieved a BTEC Higher Certificate in Construction. He was then able to continue for a further 2 years on day release to achieve an HNC in Construction.

Although this route has taken Tom several years to achieve his HNC, he has been able to work and earn a decent salary through the whole time which meant at aged 22 years he was able to purchase his own house and has achieved a high-level qualification without obtaining any student debt.

Tom has worked as a carpenter in restoration work of old buildings, secured a promotion as an assistant site manager doing new build developments and has gained loads of experience and hands on skills in the construction industry. Tom is qualified and experienced to work in many areas of building services, from carpentry, roofing, plumbing, kitchens and bathroom installation and decking to building anything from an extension to a house.

When the recession hit, Tom was unfortunately made redundant but due to his qualifications and experience he was able to secure another job as a working site foreman. It was after this that Tom decided he wanted to set up his own business in Construction Services, so in March 2010 he went on a business start-up course, bought a van then set up Thomas Weston Construction Services.

Tom has had no regrets about the path he has taken, completing a trade has meant he has always been able to secure work, even during difficult times, he is now his own boss, has built a successful company and is a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen.