National Apprenticeship Week: Tips from the trade

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  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.


Tom Woollacott

Job title

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.