This time last year Jordan Mahoney was a 16-year-old pupil, studying at St Gregory’s High School, and revising for his GCSE exams. What a difference a year makes!
You may remember that Jordan secured an apprenticeship with Ashley & McDonough Ltd – our heating contractor. The teenager wanted to follow in his Grandad’s footsteps, as he was also a plumber. So, after a year of hard work Jordan is about to complete his first year of a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
Jordan attends college one day per week, and spends the other four days receiving training in heating and plumbing installations in domestic properties working with senior engineers from Ashley & McDonough Ltd.
We caught up with Jordan onsite, at a new build development where he is working alongside Senior Engineer – Phil McLaren, installing whole heating systems and plumbing in bathrooms and kitchens to domestic homes.
When asked about how the apprenticeship was going Jordan said: “It’s amazing – I love being out onsite, and even though it’s hard work, I am learning so much, and my confidence grows each day.
“Under Phil’s guidance, I have been fitting pipework, hanging radiators and installing boilers, showers and sinks. The topics that I have covered in college, including gas regulations, health and safety and the practical aspects of fitting pipework, have helped me in understanding the importance of carrying out works to a very high standard.
“Earlier in the year, I was working with Servicing Engineers, servicing boilers, and checking smoke alarms in Warrington Housing Association homes. It makes it so special, but daunting, when you are working in your neighbours’ homes!”
Operations Manager for Ashley & McDonough – Colin Butterworth said: “Our engineers are our greatest asset, and so it is important that we recruit and train the very best. Jordan has been very motivated from the beginning, he is showing real potential, and I am sure that he will complete his apprenticeship with flying colours and become an excellent Gas Safe Engineer that we can all rely on and be proud of.”
Mark Myers, Asset Manager, for Warrington Housing Association added: “I am delighted to see our gas service contractor is embracing a culture of promoting apprenticeships. Well done to Jordan!”