Apprenticeship: Keelan Smith


Keelan Smith has successfully gained an apprenticeship with Scarborough Construction Skills Village sponsor Flixton Saw Mill Ltd.

Keelan joined Scarborough Construction Skills Village in February 2017 after attending our first open day of the year. At this open day Keelan completed taster sessions in bricklaying, groundworks, and joinery; from which he decided to sign up to the Construction Skills Village there and then. Prior to this Keelan worked part time in a café and was looking to get into the construction industry.

Since joining us Keelan hasn’t looked back! Learning on a real site environment he has gained experience in brickwork, groundworks and Joinery, from which Keelan achieved his Level 1 Extended Certificate in Construction Skills.

Once Keelan realised he would like to pursue a career in joinery, Scarborough Construction Skills Village arranged a two-week work experience placement with a local joinery contractor, John Revill Joinery. This placement was successful and he was recommended to Flixton Saw Mill Ltd. who had an apprenticeship position coming up.

Keelan successfully completed a one week work trial and started his apprenticeship in June 2017 with Flixton Saw Mill Ltd. So far, he has been involved in the manufacturing of sheds and door panels as well as going out and fitting products. Keelan has quickly fit in the with the team and is progressing well.

Keelan will return to Scarborough Construction Skills Village in September 2017, where he will complete his NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Joinery, whilst working at Flixton Saw Mill Ltd.

Mark Palmer, Manager at Flixton Saw Mill Ltd. said ‘We have been impressed by Keelan’s willingness to work and learn. His knowledge is coming along nicely and he has the attention to detail that we look for in our employees. Keelan is prepared to listen and learn from experienced staff.’

Keelan Smith, Apprentice Joiner at Flixton Saw Mill Ltd. said I am glad I found Scarborough Construction Skills Village. I enjoy working at Flixton Saw Mill as it gives me lots of experience and the team are great. I am looking forward to progressing and learning new skills’

Well done Keelan and thank you to our sponsors Flixton Saw Mill!