To mark National Apprenticeship Week we are featuring an apprentice from a range of areas across the business each day. Today we meet Ryan Warren, Training Area Operative in the South East, who has embodied the spirit of ‘blazing a trail’ by completing his Level Two Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship in the shortest timme possible, achieving distinction. Here he talks about his experience.


“I joined Landmarc in January 2016 as a Training Area Operative at Hythe Ranges. I’d previously worked in the building trade but never had a chance to gain formal qualifications to recognise the skills I’d gained over the years.

Building on experience 

“As a Training Area Operative I was carrying out tasks such as range handovers and takebacks, vehicle access control to the ranges and minor property and range maintenance. I was looking to develop myself and build on the experience that I had already gained from my previous line of work so I jumped at the chance when Landmarc offered me this fantastic opportunity to complete an apprenticeship.

“To get the best out of the programme, I have been on secondment to the Maintenance Team for the duration of the apprenticeship and encouraged and supported by Planning Manager, Kevin Hoare and Team Manager James Stedman along every step of the way.


Learning from the team 

“Having the chance to work under all of the Maintenance Technicians and learn new skills from all of the trades, including builders, carpenters, plumbers and electricians, has been invaluable in achieving this apprenticeship.

“When your Team Manager also tells you how proud he is of your achievement and of all the work you have put in to develop your building fabric maintenance abilities, it really gives you a boost and a sense of achievement.

Putting new skills into practice 

“I would like to thank Landmarc’s Learning and Development team and our apprenticeship partner ‘Geason Training – A Speedy Business’ for their support. They have certainly been instrumental in my success and made me a well-rounded Property Maintenance Operative, who is able to undertake building fabric repairs. This was recently put into practice when I was asked to carry out maintenance repairs to Fort Richmond, which is part of the Rype Village Urban Training area. We are currently carrying out a major project to refurbish parts of the Fort, including the conversion of a building to a refreshment/lecture area.

“I’ve enjoyed the process so much that I have already started a second apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery to build on my skills and knowledge. It really is a fantastic way to learn.”