This week is Apprenticeship Week, nationally organised to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the impact they have on individuals. As part of this, each day we’ll be showcasing some of our apprenticeship and traineeship success stories.
Today it’s the turn of new apprentice, Jack Davies…
Jack’s ambition at school was to become an electrician and having tried in vain to get an electrical apprenticeship, he decided to enrol at Hugh Baird College on a full time electrical installation course. He completed the Level 1 programme and was part way through Level 2 when he was offered an apprenticeship with AJS Electrical.
Electrical Installation tutor at the College, Steve Norbury, explained:
“The owner of AJS Electrical, Adam Skeoch, approached us when he was looking for an apprentice and we were able to send Jack on a week’s work experience as a trial. Adam offered him an apprenticeship as a result and Jack has now started at AJS Electrical full time, attending College one day a week. He’ll work towards an NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installation, as well as completing his Level 2 exams.”
“I knew when I left school that I really wanted to be an electrician and I thought that an apprenticeship would be the best way to learn the trade. Even though I applied to a lot of companies, I wasn’t able to get an apprenticeship so, instead of giving up on it, I thought the next best thing was to go to College full time. It’s worked out well doing that because I’ve now been able to get onto an apprenticeship through my course.”
“On the trial week, I was working with Adam in Cheltenham putting cables in for solar panels on the biggest BMW dealership in the country! Although it felt a bit like I’d been thrown in at the deep end, I found that because of what I’d already learned at College, I wasn’t just watching Adam, I was able to work alongside him.”
AJS Electrical owner, Adam Skeoch, said:
“As a former apprentice at Hugh Baird College myself, they were my first choice when I wanted to offer an apprenticeship. It’s great to be able to give another young person the opportunities I had and I know the benefits it will bring to my business too. I can be confident that Jack is learning the theory on his day release and so is able to really contribute when he’s on site with me.”
Jack’s advice to anyone thinking of an apprenticeship is:
“I’d say to talk to people in the business and find out as much as possible. You have to choose a trade you enjoy and be committed to it.”
An apprenticeship is a training programme designed to allow the learner to train within both an academic and true working environment. The main benefit of employing an apprentice is that the course allows them to begin work instantly whilst also improving their skill levels continuously. Apprentices can be integrated into an organisation whilst they study so that, on the completion of the course, they are fully prepared to become a well rounded and adapted member of staff.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills from organisations operating within industry. Apprentices also receive training, usually on a day–release basis, towards nationally recognised qualifications.
For more information visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
If you would like to take on an apprentice or would like to enrol as one yourself contact our team:
Tel. 0151 353 4456