I’ve often heard people say that an apprenticeship can’t get you the same opportunities as A-levels or a degree. So as an apprentice, I think it’s especially important to share the successes and opportunities I’ve had, to show people thinking about a career in the industry that apprenticeships can open many doors and lead to a well-paid job at the end.
Since receiving the ECA Edmundson Award in September 2017, I’ve been on two projects: a Grade I listed building in Buxton and Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium.
At Buxton Crescent Spa and Hotel I was an electrical engineer, and for the past three weeks at Tottenham’s new stadium I have been looking after lift and escalator supplies, as well as helping with armoured cable measuring and managing installations on-site. It’s been go, go, go!
I had an amazing experience on my study tour in France with Legrand – I would recommend it to any apprentice wanting to see how the industry works in a different country. I got a first-hand look at Legrand’s process when launching a new product, from initial design through to testing, production and trialling.
It was also great to see what tests they do for electrical accessories and the new ideas that are coming to market such as smart home systems. It’s clear that these really are the future... I got to see one of their smart systems in action and got to put on together myself, giving me insights I wouldn’t get anywhere else.
I have also been lucky enough to appear in several construction magazines and speak at industry events thanks to the ECA Edmundson Award. I recently went to a jobs fair with Imtech, and spoke to a number of young budding apprentices to give them an insight into what is out there for them. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year will bring, and to keep on promoting apprenticeships as a route into the industry.