Daniel - Painter and Decorator Modern Apprentice, NHS Borders

My name is Daniel. I'm a Painting and Decorator Modern Apprentice at NHS Borders and I've been here for two years now.

How did you first hear about the apprenticeship?

I was doing painting and decorating at college without an apprenticeship. My college lecturer told me about the Modern Apprenticeship at NHS Borders, so I applied for it.

How has this helped you? How will it benefit your future career?

It’s a step in the door with the NHS. The NHS is a secure place to work and it's a well-paid job, so it's quite good all round.

Tell us about a typical day

I go to college two days a week on a Thursday and Friday. I'm learning decorative effects and that's something I don’t always get to do in the workplace environment.

The rest of the time, I’m just doing general painting and decorating maintenance in the hospital and other NHS Borders properties. I could be painting the walls that have marks or chips, or any other walls that need to be done.

What do you wish you knew before you started your apprenticeship?

How hard it would be. I didn’t have a job before this as I was just going to college. College was only 2 days a week and jumping into a full-time job and getting used to a full-time thing was hard. But once you’ve got used to it, you’re on the right road.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

When you've finished doing up a place. We do one job at a time and right now we’re painting in a hospital ward in Peebles. Just seeing everyone’s reaction when it’s done is amazing. They’re happy and pleased with the finished result, I think that’s the most rewarding part of the job.

What advice would you give anyone who is thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?

Show that you’re keen and willing to do the work. If you’re at college before starting an apprenticeship, it goes a long way because it shows you’re willing to do it, you want a career and it’s the role you want to do.

What are your future career plans?

I'm hoping to get kept on after my apprenticeship. If I do I'm happy to stay here and keep working hard.