York College Student Secures York Minster Apprenticeship

York Minster apprenticeshipSam came to York College straight from school to study a Level 2 course in Stonemasonry. Whilst on the course he saw an advert for an apprenticeship position at York Minster with The Dean and Chapter of York. After speaking to his tutor, who was very encouraging, he decided to apply.

Says Sam, “The interview at York Minster was made up of questions and I showed them my portfolio of work I had built up whilst at College. I really think having already done a year at College helped me gain my place at The Minster. I have enjoyed my time at York College, the atmosphere is great. I am also pleased with the level of support and learning that the tutors have given me.”

Once Sam’s apprenticeship with the Minster began he started the Level 3 course at College. “The apprenticeship is great and the range of skills I am able to try is varied. Everyone at the Minster is always there to help me and once my apprenticeship has finished I will have the opportunity to study a Cathedral Workshop Fellowship (CWF), which is a two year course, equivalent to a degree,” said Sam.

Sam’s opportunities have just kept coming. Recently he was taking part in a team building and performance psychology week at Loughborough University. This was to prepare him for the World Skills Competition in Ireland where he will be in a team of three stonemasons who will go through a lot of training. It is after that process that someone will be chosen to fly to Sao Paulo in Brazil to compete alongside competitors from 40 other countries for the gold title.

Says Sam: “This is a great competition for me to be in, to have the chance to win gold and be the best in the world at my age. This opens up doors for me in the future that would never have been available and I feel very lucky and privileged.”