National Apprenticeship Week: Tips from the tradeNews
Posted by: electime 9th February 2023
To support National Apprenticeship Week, Electrical Times hears from team members at the specialist, multi-discipline engineering solutions business, BGEN. All former electrical apprentices, they share their advice on making it in the electrical world for those people thinking about making a career in the sector.
Technology Strategic Account Manager
When did you qualify as an electrician via the apprenticeship route?
Why go down the apprenticeship route?
I kind of fell into it but it was one of the best decisions I have made. I got a job at BGEN during the Summer of 2005 and was only supposed to be doing a six-week summer placement before returning to sixth form college. However, I really enjoyed my time on the manufacturing shop floor, and when I was offered an apprenticeship. I jumped at the chance.
What advice would you give someone thinking about having a career as an electrician?
Work hard and learn your trade. Completing an apprenticeship gives you a great foundation, you will be surprised just how many career pathways open-up once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship.
There are many opportunities within BGEN and the industry to develop. Once I completed my apprenticeship BGEN supported me with further higher education courses and what started out as a 6-week placement is currently over a 17-year enjoyable, exciting career.