Ryan was recommended an apprenticeship at Apex by a friend who was already working there. After doing some research online and applying at the company he began training as a scaffolding apprentice at the age of 24.

Photo of Ryan JamesHis working day usually starts at 7 o’clock when he first learns which project he is assigned to for the day. Afterwards he and his colleagues load their truck with the necessary equipment, for instance scaffold tubes up to 21 foot long. At the site they ensure that a scaffold is safely erected or taken down.

With this type of work, health and safety is naturally an important factor.

“You have to listen well to what you’re told – it’s essential to be sure you know what you’re doing”.

The job also requires a good work ethic and the ability to do hard physical labour.

As Ryan has always enjoyed working outdoors, proceeding into higher education was never really an option. One way or the other Apex “make sure you’re learning and improving”. He has already done a number of more specific qualifications through the company, for instance a safety passport or a forklift certificate.

Though a lot of his friends went to university after school, Ryan is very confident in his choice of career.

“Not going to university isn’t the end of the world and an apprenticeship is definitely an opportunity worth looking at.”