Home / News / Jon proves age is no barrier to apprenticeships – and success

Jon proves age is no barrier to apprenticeships – and success

We’re delighted to announce that Jon Goss has achieved his Level 2 apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery (site carpentry) with Distinction. 

The success marks a real milestone for Jon, who is a terrific example of how you can continue learning and developing at any age. 

Jon – who is now mentoring his own apprentice – first joined us as a labourer after deciding he wanted a career change. After working with some of our carpenters he applied for a carpentry apprenticeship, working on site and studying at Shrewsbury Colleges Group. 

Training manager Michelle Benjamin said: “Both at college and on-site Jon has been a role model for the younger apprentices, sharing his experiences and knowledge and encouraging and supporting them. 

“He is an excellent communicator and his passion for construction comes across at careers fairs in local schools and colleges.  

“Jon’s attitude and enthusiasm has a positive effect on those around him. He led a site tour organised for a local school for students interested in a career in construction. He also led one of our construction skills workshops, teaching people of all ages in the local community to make benches from pallets.” 

Jon is a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Go Construct STEM Ambassador – and won a scholarship from the CITB in recognition of his exceptional talent.