Handywoman heads back to the classroom
A CARPENTRY app- rentice from Boston, who turned down a place at a top university to pursue a vocational career route, is visiting schools to promote her choice of career to a new generation.
Toni Clough, 20, made the decision not to go to university and even turned down a place at Oxford as she was keen to follow a hands-on, practical career and felt an apprenticeship was the perfect option for her.
Over the last 18 months, Toni has been busy working within the maintenance team at Kier in Boston, fitting kitchens, floorboards and doors.
Toni, who will move onto her advanced apprenticeship in September, said: "I can't recommend an apprenticeship highly enough. It is great learning a trade and being part of a team. I think it is important to encourage a new generation to think about apprenticeships as an option."
Last week marked National Apprenticeship Week, where CITB-ConstructionSkills, the industry training body and sector skills council for the construction industry, highlighted the achievements of talented young apprentices to demonstrate apprenticeships can offer a promising career.
Rhian Lawton, a CITB-ConstructionSkills careers adviser, said: "Toni will move on to do her Advanced Apprenticeship in September which will allow her to develop a higher level of practical skills and a more in-depth knowledge of the industry.
"The construction industry needs a constant pipeline of fresh talent to meet future demands."