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#NAW2018 Apprentice Case Study: Rob

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we’re catching up with some of our brightest apprentices who are building their careers across a range of industries, and finding out how they make a difference to the businesses from their employers.

Today we hear from Rob Johnson, an Apprentice Electrician at Delta 4 Electrical.

36-year-old Rob, from Gloucester, previously worked in the hospitality industry but wanted to pursue a different career that could provide him with more stability and options for the future.

He longed to do something that challenged his mind and it was his brother who inspired him to undertake an electrical apprenticeship at his company, Delta 4 Electrical in 2014. Over the past few years Rob has learnt many skills and didn’t let his time out of education get in his way.

He said: “Day-to-day I work alongside the lead electrician and carry out tasks set by him. I’ve learnt how to change Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs) and Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCBOs), replace mains boards and wire emergency key switches, as well as first fix and second fix new installations.

“It was hard at times, as I was out of education for quite a while before returning to college, but GC has been great at providing me with help along the way and keeping me on track. All of my college assessors have been supportive, as have my work team, who have also helped me study and learn things when I’ve need extra support.”

Rob has not only impressed his GC assessor and employer, but he was recognised regionally for his outstanding work when he won the 2017 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Award for Construction Apprentice of the Year.

He says the best thing about his apprenticeship has been continually learning new skills he can actually put into practice at work.

“I am looking forward to qualifying as an electrician and working for my brother’s company for as long as I can, and continually expanding my knowledge and skillset. My apprenticeship has helped me learn whilst earning, and given me the skills I need to be successful in my new career.”

Chris Johnson, Director of Delta 4 Electrical, is a former GC apprentice himself and wanted to give someone else the chance he had to launch their career in the electrical industry.

He said: “Rob was our first apprentice but we have taken on another apprentice since, as they have helped us to build a strong team of all different skill levels. Other than his electrical installation and testing skills, Rob has also learnt about time management and effective team work.

Chris is happy that Delta 4 Electrical offers apprentices a chance to change their lives and build a solid, long-term career, and looks for apprentices who are hardworking, considerate, driven and conscientious.

He added: “Apprentices have helped to bring our team together and encourage everyone to look out for one another, which constantly improves everyone’s workmanship. It’s win-win all round.”

If you’re considering launching your career via the apprenticeship route, find out more about GC’s award-winning apprenticeships, meet employers and apply for live vacancies at its Apprenticeship Open Evening on Wednesday 28 March. Visit www.gcapprenticeshipeve.co.uk to book your place.

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