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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Jack Stileman. I am 17-years old and from Chorley. I am currently studying for a B-TEC Level 1 in Construction at PVC.

Why did you choose PVC?

Like many others, I am not the most academic of people. After leaving school I didn’t really have a real idea about what to do next. I heard about PVC through a family member, thought it sounded interesting and went along to see what it was about. The rest is history!

How have you found it so far?

I’ve really enjoyed it. The learning is very hands-on, which makes it easy to stay interested. From plastering to bricklaying and decorating, no two days are ever the same. The teachers and staff are another big reason why I’ve enjoyed it. They treat everyone as equals, and are always respectful. This has created a great environment for everyone to learn in. 

What will you take away from your time at PVC?

Well my B-TEC of course! But I’ve learnt lots of things, including how important hard work and doing something you enjoy are. I’ve become interested in plastering and have recently been staying behind after class to help plaster the PVC building as a way of giving something back.

What do your family think about you being at PVC?

They are proud. They say I have become much more positive after finding something I enjoy doing. They also say they are much less worried about my future prospects now.

So what’s next?

I think for the first time I am optimistic about the future. I graduate in the summer and then hope to start an apprenticeship at a local building company. After that, who knows, I may look at starting my own plastering business.

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