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My year as an ECA ambassador

My year as an ECA ambassador

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I have been extremely fortunate over the last 12 months to hold the role of ‘Apprenticeship Ambassador’ for the ECA.

As an ambassador, I have had opportunities to share my passion for the industry, promoting apprenticeships around the UK.  Furthermore, it has been an honour to mentor several apprentices within Chris Bowker Ltd and I have taken great pride in sharing my knowledge with industry professionals of the future. I have done my utmost to support as many young people as possible in the vital decision-making process of whether choosing an apprenticeship over A Levels  is going to be beneficial to them.

As the 2016 ECA Edmundson Award winner, Schneider Electric invited me in April to visit their research and development centre in Grenoble. This was an unforgettable trip that gave me an insight into some of the software and products that are set to revolutionise the way we manage our energy efficiently. Their engineers have undertaken meticulous testing within their laboratories to ensure no stone has been left unturned, and it is clear why they are one of the market leaders for energy management and automation.

I also met with several design engineers to discuss how smart panel technology could be implemented into the UK’s market. The time spent with Schneider Electric has given me the opportunity to give customer feedback on where I see it succeeding from a contractor’s perspective.

I’m currently working and living in Hatfield, London where I have had an opportunity to support the senior estimating teams before testing and inspecting in the local hospital. This has furthered my professional development and enhanced my prior knowledge of the healthcare sector. I have supported project managers and tested and inspected the installations.

I have also been studying part time at Blackpool and Fylde College where I have completed 6 modules, all with a distinction grade. I hope to carry this on in my final two modules while building on my project management experience at work. I look forward to continue progressing in the industry and furthering my education post HNC.

I recently attended the ED & I Expo in Birmingham as an ECA Power Players finalist- an initiative that has been an immense achievement for me to be involved with. I participated in several seminars that were all led by industry experts; with a particular interest in eRAMS, energy management and ECIRs . The seminar which I enjoyed being involved in the most, and which has had a significant impact upon me, was the panel discussion regarding the proposed changes and amendments to the 18th edition of BS7671.

I aim to continue my role as an industry ambassador, working with the ECA and others, to support future apprentices. As part of this, I hope to work closely with Voltimum to give a broader understanding to each aspiring individual, ensuring they have a clear awareness of the extensive benefits and positive impact an apprenticeship is capable of providing.

The knowledge, skill and development an apprenticeship offers is something I am proud to say I have effectively made use of. I now hope to play my part in ensuring that as many young people as possible know the potential benefits an apprenticeship has to offer, including a clear career path and a well paid job at the end.