Newham apprentice urges others to follow path

PUBLISHED: 15:25 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 18 March 2016

L&Q apprentice Kieran McPherson at his office

L&Q apprentice Kieran McPherson at his office


When Kieran McPherson realised his college course wasn’t for him, he was unsure what to do next.

Now the 19-year-old is seven months into an apprenticeship at housing association L&Q and says he would recommend the route to anyone.

The former Barking and Dagenham College student said: “It was hard work and I enjoyed it at first, but I started to realise plumbing wasn’t for me.

“I kept at it, finished the second year of my course and then enjoyed the six week summer holidays, but after that I started looking around for something else to do.

“I am an L&Q resident and when my aunt spotted on their website that they do apprenticeships she suggested I apply.”

Kieran joined the housing association’s Stratford office as an apprentice neighbourhoods service officer, a role that involves looking after property and residents.

He already had experience of maintaining homes due to his plumbing experience but will continue to be trained up during his 15 month contract.

“I have been able to move into a position with the possibility of lots of progression and earn while I gain experience,” he said.

“An apprenticeship has given me the experience I needed to kick-start my career.

“It has been really rewarding and I would definitely recommend it to my friends or anyone who is looking to earn and train at the same time.”

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