George, age 19, Electrical Installation Apprenticeship
"I won APSE Mechanical and Electrical Apprentice of the Year!"
I wanted to become an electrician after studying a construction based course at school. I knew I didn’t want to stay on to do A Levels so thought I’d explore Apprenticeships instead. It would mean I would be able to get a qualification and work at the same time.
I applied for roles with a few different companies and also undertook some work trials too. However, I chose Bournemouth Borough Council because I had completed work experience with them while I was still at school – I was familiar with how things worked and liked the organisation.
I am amazed at how much I have achieved in my Apprenticeship. When I first started I didn’t know anything and was nervous that I wouldn't be able to learn everything I would need to know. Now my confidence has really grown and I feel able to undertake a wide range of tasks with little direction. When I am unsure, I know that there is always someone available to ask for advice.
My thoughts on...
My days are never the same. I could be working on a large-scale construction site for months at a time or visiting someone’s home. I could be changing light bulbs one day or installing dado trunking and consumer units the next. It’s great, I really enjoy it.I am now coming to the end of my three year Apprenticeship and really looking forward to the future. I’d like to stay at the council for a few years as there is so much that I would still like to learn. After that, who knows? Perhaps a different company, maybe even setting up on my own,
One of the highlights of my Apprenticeship has been winning a national award - APSE Mechanical and Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2016. I was nominated for the award by the council and I found out I’d won at the awards ceremony in Leeds.
It was an amazing experience. As part of the event I was interviewed about the award submission and also attended a meal and presentation evening. There were six finalists in my category from across the country. It’s made me feel really proud. Not only was I nominated, but I also won! It is a great thing to be able to put on my CV and has helped increase my confidence and made me think about my future career.
I would say that to be a successful apprentice you need to be prepared for both the good and the difficult parts of your job. Your work colleagues appreciate it when you listen to their guidance and make sure you know what you are doing before you undertake tasks. It’s worth it in the end though. Once you have your Apprenticeship, you’ve got it for life!