Pop Brixton apprentice, Karen Smith, tells us her thoughts for National Apprenticeship Week

Written by Future Brixton team

March 9, 2015
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From 8th -13th March its national apprenticeship week and we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about some of the great and hardworking apprentices working at Pop Brixton.


There are twelve apprentices working together to bring the ethical, affordable and low-cost campus community to life, right in the heart of Brixton. One of those apprentices is Karen Smith and at just seventeen she is already winning praise for her hard-work and aptitude on-sits. We asked Karen if she would write us a blog to give us some insight into what it’s like to be the youngest apprentice and what her hopes are for the future.


My lecturer at college told me about the apprenticeship and when I looked into it, it seemed like a really great opportunity. The project sounded like something a bit different and something I might not get the chance to work on again. It’s also a multi-trade apprenticeship which offers me the opportunity to learn about a variety of trades. I know having a broad skills base will make me more employable, so that was definitely a reason why I wanted to do this particular apprenticeship.

I have learned so many things during my time on site I couldn’t’t list them all right now, and I have only been employed for a couple of months! I have really enjoyed learning how to use all the brilliant tools including a chop-saw and a Kango as well as developing my skills in other aspects of building.

I’m still at college, so I would need to finish up my course. Then my ultimate goal is to become a self-employed trades-person. My main trade is painting and decorating, so I would love to have my own company doing that! Hopefully working for Pop Brixton as an apprentice will help me get to where I want to be in the future.

My biggest piece of advice for would-be apprentices is, does it! I have totally loved having the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and get some real-life practical experience. I would also say that to get the most out of an apprenticeship you need to pick something you’re passionate about and also work really hard when you’re there, and always be on time!

To find out more about Pop Brixton and keep up-to-date with how the site is coming along head to www.popbrixton.org



2 Thoughts on “Pop Brixton apprentice, Karen Smith, tells us her thoughts for National Apprenticeship Week

  1. Shelby E. Newton says:

    you really have great ideals, I hope you will fulfill everything. good luck to you.

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