Painting & Decorating Level 3 Apprentice - Alex Downham
Former School: Warlingham School
Alex’s experience with painting and decorating at home developed into a desire to pursue a career in the industry. She had studied Art, but didn't want to stay on for Sixth Form, and discovered the Apprenticeship path - choosing to earn whilst learning.
“I chose construction as it’s an exciting environment – you get to meet new people every day and visit different places!”
Her work at Mercer & Mercer is supported by College studies, where she is able to study processes in more depth. Like all other Apprentices, she spends one day a week at College, developing knowledge of health and safety, and specific techniques, which can then be put in to practice in the workplace. Alex shared how she enjoys being in a small class, which offers "more dedicated and focussed support."
Alex plans on finishing her qualification and commented that “a qualification is a gateway to so many places, it means I have a better chance of progressing to a managerial or supervisory role.”