Meet Mike, Electrical Installation/Maintenance Apprentice at JLEC Electrical
We're gearing up for the September 2022 starts of our construction and building services apprenticeship programmes at GC. This month, we're catching up with some of our construction and building services apprentices, to see what inspired them to learn a trade and what they enjoy best about being an apprentice.
Mike grew up on a farm working with machinery since young age. He started as a groundworker and then did a full-time course in Motor Vehicle Maintenance (Level2) at the College, but realized it wasn’t for him.
“I enjoyed it, but I like being out and about instead of spending my day in a garage.
"I then got interested in electrical and felt that an apprenticeship will give me more training and experience than any other course.
"I found an apprenticeship position at JLEC Electrical through my childhood friend, who knew I wanted to become an electrician. The company is based around Cotswolds. We do a lot of work in rentals, helping landlords to test all the electrics are up to scratch before tenants come in. The company has a good reputation and is well trusted.
"During the first year of my apprenticeship, I did a lot of shadowing at work, but now I am in my 2nd year, I go out in a van doing small jobs and meeting clients.
"This apprenticeship is a 4-year course, so there is a lot to learn. My ambition is to have a successful career as an electrician and eventually, to run my boss’s company so that he can relax.
"I get the support I need both at the College and at my employer’s. I am at the College once a week, and it’s nice to be around like-minded people all helping each other, sharing knowledge.
"My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship in electrical, only start an apprenticeship if you are seriously thinking about doing it as a career long term. But if you are, I definitely recommend it. This is the most on-the-job experience you’re going to get and you are supported from every angle. End point assessments are less daunting, so you take small steps to get to a big end goal.
"As an apprentice, don’t be afraid to ask your employer as many questions as you can. It’s how you learn.”
If you are interested in GC’s Electrical Installation/Maintenance apprenticeship, you can access the apprenticeship fact sheet here.
In addition to the Electrical Installation/Maintenance apprenticeship, we also offer the following construction and building services apprenticeships:
If your business is interested in training an apprentice in Electrical Installation or other Construction & Building Services disciplines, find out more here, or contact the Employer Training & Apprenticeships team on 01452 563400 or email email@example.com