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Former Cornwall College Saltash plumbing apprentice employs current apprentice

Published: September 23, 2016

Cornwall College Saltash alumni

A former Cornwall College Saltash apprentice, who has grown his own business is taking on his first apprentice and is looking forward to working with his old lecturers.  Jack Spree, who owns JWS Plumbing and Heating in Looe, is expanding the company and he’s looking to invest in the future.

After gaining his qualification and building up a good reputation, Jack decided to go self-employed and set up his own business. Jack said: “I really enjoyed my time as an apprentice and studying at Cornwall College Saltash. I knew I wanted to be an apprentice because I wanted to earn while I learnt; Saltash had a great reputation for plumbing and the facilities there were really good.

“My business is really good at the moment, after setting up about a year and a half ago I’ve built up a good list of clients and now I need extra help. I’ve taken on Gorran because he has a great work ethic and I want to give someone else the opportunity I had.”

Level 2 NVQ Plumbing apprentice, Gorran Jones, said: “I am really learning a lot working with Jack at JWS Plumbing and Heating. It is really helpful that Jack has been through the apprenticeship scheme himself, he is helping with the theory work as well as the practical. I’m given lots of different tasks and building on what I am learning at college.”

“I decided to become an apprentice because I wanted to become a tradesman and to earn at the same time as learning, and plumbing was what I enjoyed the most. Cornwall College Saltash is a nice environment to learn in, there are great facilities in the new construction skills centre, I would recommend it to others who are thinking of studying here.”

Curriculum Lead for Technology at Cornwall College Saltash, Jamie Rowley, added: “Having personally taught Jack when he first came to college at the age of 14 it is wonderful to have seen him progress year to year and now making such a vital contribution to the community in becoming an employer himself. Jack is a prime example of how commitment and hard work can pay off. We look forward to supporting jack with his business’s training needs in the future.”

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