Camden Homes Apprentice Wins National Apprentice Service Award
Krystle hasn't had the easiest of lives. Her mother drank heavily, was unwell and therefore was oblivious to the fact Krystle was being bullied on her way to and from school. Consequently, Krystle didn't have much of a childhood as she spent most of it looking after her mum and her younger siblings. At the age of 14, Krystle ended up dropping out of school. It wasn't long before she had left home and was hanging out with people who didn't have her best interests at heart. Krystle turned to drugs and drink as a way to escape and days of sofa surfing, soon turned into outright homelessness.
Through support from hostels, Krystle got herself back on to feet and decided to follow her passion and get into construction. Her mum was a magnificent painter and decorator and she was keen to fulfil her mums dream.
Krystle had looked into apprenticeships and training courses in construction, but found them difficult to access due to her age and the costs involved. However, in 2012 Krystle came across the National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) project in Camden who put her in touch with their partner Building Lives, who deliver a 3 tier training programme.
Krystle was successful in all stages and is now an apprentice working on the NSAFC project on an internal site helping with kitchen and bathroom refurbishments.
Project Skills Co-ordinator Fusnara Begum has followed Krystle’s development closely and said “Krystle has been going from strength to strength working on the NSAfC project with an internals subcontractor and demonstrating her value to the team working on the Camden Homes Project. Her recent win at the National Apprentice Service Awards and the recognition of her hard work in achieving her apprentice position with Building Lives has been an inspiration to all”
Krystle said, “I am 100% driven to complete the apprenticeship and receive my qualification, but all this support from Building Lives, along with the valuable training from the tutors at the academy, has really helped me to feel secure and stick it out”
“My plan now and for the future is to complete my current NVQ2 qualification in Building Maintenance operations and go on to complete the NVQ level 3 in Plumbing. I will then use these qualifications and the experience gained to build up my own all female construction company.”
By engaging with and supporting some of the harder to reach individuals in the local community, working together, the NSAfC project and Building Lives has provided Krystle with a much needed opportunity to improve her prospects and this example of outstanding achievement has proved that given this opportunity, some of these individuals can go on to excel in their chosen career paths and realise their construction career ambition!