Updated 27 March 2018
Adele caught up with Moon Larkin, just before she finished her Level 2 Plumbing course in June. Moon has secured an Apprenticeship with Russell Armer Ltd.
AM: Why did you choose this course?
ML: I wanted to do charity work. I didn’t want to be sat in lessons writing, I wanted to be more practical. I was looking at Water Aid and the jobs you could get with them, and they were looking for people with plumbing skills. I’m really enjoying it!
AM: Why did you choose Kendal College?
ML: It was the only college I could get to!
AM: Is College like you had expected. If not, why?
ML: I was terrified as I knew I was going to be the only girl and I didn’t know anyone coming here. Then I got here and it was fine.
I like that everyone is on first name terms, I didn’t realise it would be like that. It makes it more casual and it’s easier to feel more comfortable. It feels like you’re an equal rather than having a higher up person looking down on you. I like that college is in town as well, Kirkby Stephen is in the middle of nowhere, it’s great to go into town on your breaks!
AM: What do you most enjoy about College life?
ML: There are so many different courses, you get to meet loads of different people from all around.
AM: What opportunities have you had as a student at the College?
ML: I have been on three work placements. The first was with Russel Armer for one week. We did a lot of first fixes – when they build a new house a ‘first fix’ is all the first plumbing that needs to go in before they can build all the walls. I liked being on the site with everyone – it was quite scary at first as they were quite loud but everyone was relaxed and I felt welcomed.
The second placement was in Sedbergh with Nicky Ross, a one-man guy and the third with Paul, a builder. I worked with Paul for a week and did big tiling jobs. I also put a liner down a chimney for a wood burning stove and was on the roof, which was good fun! Although it was freezing on some days, the people you were with make it light hearted and you have a laugh.
Darren, my tutor, gave me extra time off lessons to go to the placements, as it’s such good experience. He made sure I was up-to-date with exams and workshops.
“Moon came from Kendal College for one week’s work experience on site. We liked her attitude and enthusiasm and invited her back for an additional two week trial, and this resulted in an offer of an Apprenticeship. I look for commitment, enthusiasm and self-motivation in my search for an apprentice, and Moon meets and has exceeded expectations”
– Andrew Taylor, Director at Russel Armer Ltd
AM: What is the teaching style like on your course?
ML: On Thursday, the first half is theory and the afternoon practical. At the moment we’re learning about drainage and guttering, and revising for exams as we have 8 exams over the year.
On Friday we have theory lessons in the morning. The tutor has a PowerPoint and he gives us a copy to write our notes onto it, which is much easier than copying off a board. Our assessment is through coursework (doing practical’s and then writing them up) and exams. We also sometimes do presentations about the theory we’ve learnt.
Having a 3-day course is good as it gives you the opportunity to do other things, like gain part-time work experience.
AM: If you could give advice to people considering College, what would it be?
ML: Don’t think too far ahead. Do something you enjoy, and if you find you’re not enjoying it, you can change really easily. The ball is in your court!
The Quick Fire!
Installation, Gas or Heating?
ML: Installation for now, I haven’t done much gas yet so it seems scary!
Solar or Wind?
ML: Solar – it’s more accessible to loads of people, they can easily be slapped on your roof and so much energy can be made.
ML: Helping people abroad for a charity I’ve set up
What animal would you be and why?
ML: A centipede – because they are cool, can go into so many different places and are really fast. I’d like to go underground to see what it’s like!
First thing you do in the morning?
ML: Look at my phone, I’m not going to lie!
Favourite TV show?
ML: Breaking Bad, although some are a bit dodgy as they ran out of funding – the fly one was terrible!
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The interview was conducted by Adele Mundy, the College’s Student Services Manager.