Matt Baldwin is studying Level 3 Domestic Plumbing full time at East Kent College’s Broadstairs Campus.
When I left school, I left without many qualifications. I enrolled on this course because I’d always been interested in the construction industry and wanted to do something really hands on. I never wanted an office job as I’m not one for sitting behind a desk all day; some people can do it, but I get bored if I’m stuck in the same place.
The course I’m currently on has been exactly what I’ve wanted and far better than I ever thought it would be when I first enrolled. It’s given me a chance to learn real skills and then put them to good use with practical tasks in the workshop. The tutors have been great and extremely helpful when I have any questions or problems.
College life is also a good experience, with plenty of opportunities to socialise with your mates around you. I’d like to get an apprenticeship so I can keep developing my skills when I finish my current course, so have been on the lookout for one.
My long term plan is to get into property development. That’s one of the reasons I decided to take up a trade; it’ll give me the ability to do work to any property I buy, which will slim down my costs and allow me to build up a portfolio more easily.