Robert is one of Box & Charnock’s newest trainee plumbers having started his apprenticeship in September 2015.
Luckily for Robert, he is working at Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village, which is only a 10-minute walk from where he lives. “I live so close I have no excuse for ever being later in the morning,” said Robert. Once on site he enjoys free porridge before joining the rest of the team to find out what work has to be completed that day.
“I am one of team of about 25 other guys working on this site and we all work together to get the job done. We are currently doing first and second fixing in bathrooms within the apartments. After some guidance, I sometimes work on my own and then other times I help an experienced plumber, it just depends on what needs doing.”
Robert’s favourite part of the job is “the banter and the people you meet on the job” as well as “learning new skills and doing a job that will help improve my life.”
As well as working at Kidbrooke Village, Robert also goes to college once a week where he studies theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon. “There are mock exams throughout the year with the proper exam in January,” explains Robert, “although I much prefer the practical side of the apprenticeship to the theory.”
“What I like about the job is that there is so much variety. Some of my mates at college work for one man bands and they can spend some days just visiting customers to do really small jobs like fixing taps and unblocking sinks. Working on site like we do is much more interesting.”
“I would recommend Box & Charnock to my friends because they are helpful, patient and understanding. They want us all to do well and I am never afraid to ask for help with something that I am having trouble with.”
When not at work, Robert has an interest in football and has always supported Arsenal. “Although Arsenal have their ground in north London, they originated south of the river and so as far as I am concerned, they are a south London club.