Alan is an apprentice plumber for Box & Charnock who joined the company in September 2015.
Alan is currently working at Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village, an impressive new development of luxury apartments in one of London’s most popular locations, the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The site is made up of 4 distinct neighbourhoods which all merge seamlessly into one community.
A typical day gets off to a great start – free porridge courtesy of Berkeley Homes! The site manager decides which jobs need to be completed that day and allocates a task to each of the teams. The jobs will vary from day to day but Alan usually works as the left hand man to a more experienced plumber.
The team are currently working on a block of apartments, as Alan explains “we are first fixing the cold water boost system which supplies water from ground level to the apartments at the very top of the block and I am working with plastic and copper piping. My favourite part of the job is soldering because it’s so cool! I love melting metal.” Alan is not so keen on drilling overhead “I always wear the right protective clothing and goggles but I always seem to get covered in dust, it’s a messy part of the job.”
After leaving school Alan wanted to find a job that would offer security and a definite career path. “I could see that an apprenticeship with Box & Charnock would be an excellent choice for me as it offers exactly what I am looking for. The site that Alan is working on is a major development in south London and will take many years to complete.
As part of the apprenticeship programme, Alan attends InTAPlumb, a college of further education in Thames Mead that specialises in industry approved courses in plumbing, gas, heating and electrical services. “I attend College one day a week and we focus on the theory and health and safety side of the job. I realise that this is an important part of the job but I would much rather be on site working.”
“I would definitely recommend Box & Charnock to anyone who is thinking about an apprenticeship,” said Alan. “The company are helpful and care a lot about their employees. Because of this, I love coming to work. The banter with the lads is great and enjoy learning new things every day and knowing that I am making real progress.”
Outside of work, Alan enjoys watching boxing as well as being with his children and seeing friends.