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Meet Sarah Atthey, Electrical Installation Lecturer at GC


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 our construction and building services trainers, to see what inspired them to learn a trade and why they enjoy teaching apprentices.

Sarah Atthey joined the College in July last year as an Associate Lecturer in Electrical, having previously worked in industry for 16 years.

“I started my career as an electrician when I was 24. My daughter had just turned three and I wanted to learn a trade and develop my career. I started as an apprentice myself, before setting up my own business, which I ran for 10 years.

“In 2021 I decided I wanted a new challenge and to come away from the day-to-day job. I took the role at GC, where I am part of a team of lecturers, trainers and assessors. There is a good mix here of experienced teachers and people who have come from industry.

“I'm really enjoying interacting with our apprentices and seeing them make progress. Developing methods to convey my knowledge and skills to our learners is one of my favourite parts of the job. It has made me reassess my knowledge base, and take time to remember how I learnt things at the start.

“I am keen to see more girls choosing STEM subjects. It is still a very male dominated industry, but I know first-hand the opportunities it can bring.”

At GC we offer the following construction and building services apprenticeships:

Bricklayer Apprenticeship Level 2

Building Services Engineering Installer Apprenticeship Level 2

Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Apprenticeship Level 3

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 3

Electrical Installation/Maintenance Apprenticeship Level 3

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Ground Worker Apprenticeship Level 2

Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

Surveying Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

If your business is interested in training a construction or building services apprentice, find out more here, or contact the Employer Training & Apprenticeships team on 01452 563400 or email



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