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National Apprenticeship Week 2020

8th February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

As National Apprenticeship Week  2020 draws to an end, we’ve taken the opportunity to sit down with both of our apprentices. Take a moment to reflect on their first few months with Metro Rod before they take on the theme of national apprenticeship week 'Look Beyond'.

Apprenticeship STEM

Our stand at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre for the STEM event.

Meeting Matthew

16-year-old Matthew Jones joined Metro Rod in September 2019. Having finished his GCSE’s in the summer he was unsure about the opportunities available to him. Mathew favoured the vocational option and was sold on the opportunity to become a Metro Rod apprentice. Prior to making this decision, he considered pursuing his A levels and studying for a BTEC extended diploma. However, he decided against both. Matthew was drawn to the variety on offer as a drainage apprentice and has relished all opportunities he has been given so far.

Matthew commented:

“From day one I have been made to feel a part of the team at Metro Rod. Noel, my engineer mentor has spent quality time with me on a weekly basis showing me all aspects of drainage. In addition to the practical application of the job I have received support and personal development opportunities from my learning tutor, Craig. This was mainly through a series of interactive presentations and e-learning modules.”


Matthew spoke to a few pupils from various schools. Throughout the STEM event, Matthew told of his dilemma to either stay on in school for his A-levels or to leave for an apprenticeship. The pupils really connected with his honest manner of speaking and how he finally made his decision after his research.

Apprenticeship STEM Matthew

Matthew explaining to the pupils of Ebbw Fawr Learning Community what an apprenticeship could do for them

Getting to know Gethin

17-year-old Gethin Hale also joined the business in September 2019. He was keen to start his working career directly after completing his GCSE’s. Therefore, Gethin relished the opportunity to try his hand at all aspects of the drainage industry. During his time with the business, he has learned how to clear blockages, survey pipework, trace defects above the ground, amongst many other things.

Gethin is keen to continue to develop his skills and knowledge base:

“I have had the dream start with Metro Rod, everyone has been so welcoming. No two days are the same, we could be clearing blockages one day, cleaning guttering the next, or working on any of the 3 tankers that the business have. To sum up, I couldn’t have asked to a better start to my working career.”


At the STEM event, Gethin talked through some of the pupil's fears of leaving school for an apprenticeship. Proving that there's no need to stay in school to prove your academic skills but instead, evolving on the skill you want to have and continue throughout your career.

Apprenticeship STEM Gethin

Gethin speaking to the pupils of Tredegar Comprehensive School


Details on the Metro Rod apprenticeship programme are available on the website; Apprenticeship Scheme

Or call the office to discuss opportunities we may have available on our next intake of apprentices; 01495 367535.

Are you in need of reliable and efficient drainage or plumbing solution? Metro Rod Newport, Hereford and Gloucester can help you and your businesses or home with our services

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Metro Rod Newport, Hereford and Gloucester are available 24/7 where we are able to deal with multiple types of drainage problems and issues including:

  • Unblocking drains
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Drain clearing
  • CCTV drain survey
  • Septic tank pumping
  • Vacuum tank maintenance
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