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National Apprenticeship Week: Daniel Davies

Monday 8th – Sunday 14th February is National Apprenticeship Week.

The 14th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships aims to showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships.

The theme for the week this year is ‘Build the Future’. 

At Pobl, we’ll be marking the occasion by sharing stories each day from apprentices who are currently employed on our development sites across Wales. Employment opportunities such as apprenticeships are an important part of the community benefits that our new developments offer to local communities.

This is a great example of how housing organisations and contractors can work together to create training and employment opportunities that will not just benefit local young people, but also the future of the sector, and demonstrates our commitment to making a real difference in the communities where we work.

Daniel Davies

Daniel has been working as an apprentice estimator for WRW since September 2019. He was recommended to apply for an apprenticeship by his older brother, who had told him about how much he was enjoying his own.

Daniel’s role sees him working with the pre-construction team, assisting them with tenders, helping the estimators, doing measurements, making take offs and completing supply chain enquiries.

“As an estimator, I like the variety of the work. Being part of the work-winning team, I get a real sense of achievement and feel like I’m contributing to our success along with the rest of the team.”

Alongside his work with WRW, Daniel is attending university one day a week to complete his HNC in Construction Management. He said that his on-site experience gives him an advantage in the classroom:

“The balance of practical experience is hugely beneficial as I get to carry out what I’m learning and gain real life experience in what I am studying. Getting out on site to see the places we’re tendering for is very important to see how things pan out.”

Daniel’s favourite part of his learning so far has been having the chance to gain experience with the software programmes used by the pre-construction team.

“It’s a big part of what I do, and it’s becoming more and more important in the industry.”

Daniel very much sees his future career being in construction and has recently moved across to the quantity surveying team where he will work for eight months to gain experience in this area.

“WRW have been very supportive; it’s a really rewarding environment to work in, and everyone is approachable and will help me when I need it.” “I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship: I have really enjoyed have the opportunity to get out there and experience the work for real.”