Ryan's Story - Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

Ryan Madge was successful in his application to join our Home 2 Home repairs and maintenance service as a Multi Skilled Operative Apprentice in September 2016.

Previous to this, Ryan has been an active member of our Bridging the Gap Young People’s project since 2010, joining when he was 9 years old.  

The project has two youth clubs in Forches, Barnstaple and Slade Valley, Ilfracombe which are run by Youth Management Teams, providing many services for young people to use including homework clubs, health advice and courses, job application and CV writing, fitness clubs, mediation and one to one support with problems.

Young people are central to the project that helps build confidence, increases aspirations and develops peer mentors and positive role models. The project aims to create an environment where young people can develop new skills, try out new things, and brings them into contact with opportunities for achieving wider goals such as furthering their education or finding employment.

Ryan says “Through youth club I have had so many experiences which have helped me gain an apprenticeship with North Devon Homes which I am really proud of ... I have been head of the Forches Youth Management Team as Chair and at the PGL Activity Centre weekend I was a role model for my group stepping up to support Youth Workers with the younger members; all the things that have happened have made me gain confidence to go further through the project.

I think the project is important from my perspective as it helps you change your ways from being ‘bad’ to being more mature and really succeeding in life.”

Ryan has now completed 6 months of his apprenticeship. He says “Since becoming an apprentice at North Devon Homes I have learnt many different skills that will help me in the future. The different types of trades that I have been learning are roofing, carpentry, groundwork and tiling.

It has been lovely working as a team both at college and at work. I have been to different areas of North Devon that I may not have visited before. I feel that being an apprentice really helps for the future employment and has given me the confidence to want to run my own business one day.”