William cutting it in carpentry after completing course

After leaving Staindrop Academy, William Armiger enrolled at Bishop Auckland College to train to be a joiner.

William Armiger

He completed his Level 1 full time course before progressing to a Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship with his uncle’s company Armiger Joinery Limited in Bishop Auckland.

William, who was delighted to successfully complete his Level 2 apprenticeship, has just started the next stage of his training as a Level 3 apprentice.

The firm employs nine staff including four apprentices with the college. William is currently working on first fix at a new housing development in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

The 20-year-old, from Cockfield, said: “I always wanted to work for the family business and I really enjoy the work I do. The apprenticeship has been really good as I have the best of both worlds - working on site and earning a wage and attending the college one day a week, where I am taught new skills which helps me to gain further knowledge and experience.

“I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route - it has worked for me and the business has grown because of it.”

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