Spotlight on Talent – Trish Barnes
Studying – Level 2 Plastering Apprenticeship
Earning and learning are not the only two ways Trish Barnes is benefitting as a plastering apprentice. Working for The Wrekin Housing Group, she is also gaining experience in plumbing, locksmith work and some carpentry.
“As an apprentice, my working days are a mix of on-the-job learning, shadowing more experienced colleagues, mentoring, plus training at Walsall College one day a week,” said Trish. “It’s such a good variety.
“It all adds to the hands-on, active nature of my job, so I enjoy it even more.”
Trish’s plastering career began slowly. After working in retail and business administration, Trish Barnes realised she preferred a more hands on career in construction.
“I was doing shift work or temporary contracts before my Apprenticeship came along,” said Trish. “I prefer this kind of work to anything I’ve done before. At the end of each working day, I can step back and see what I’ve achieved.”
She continued: “There were some doubts when I first started out. I was a few years older than my classmates and the only female in the group. But this hasn’t held me back.
“The Wrekin Housing Group have supported me from day one. They encourage me to put myself out there as a role model to other young females who might not have thought about working in construction.
“When the organisation has exhibited at The Apprenticeship Show at Telford’s International Centre, I’ve been there with colleagues to talk about the brilliant opportunities available.”
As Trish continues to develop her skills by working in a range of properties, she has the option to progress and become an advanced craft plasterer. Alternatively, she could use her wider construction skills to pursue another industry-related role.
“For the first time in my career, I have different paths open to me; all of which provide stability.”