It’s National Apprenticeship Week so today we caught up with Jamie who is 19 and currently undertaking a Level Three Diploma in Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship with us here at RDM Installations.
1.When did you start your Apprenticeship and how long is your course?
Jamie: I started my apprenticeship on the 10th of December 2019 and my course is 4 years long
2.What made you decide to take the route of an Apprenticeship as opposed to full time work or education?
Jamie: I hadn’t heard of apprenticeships until a family member suggested it to me. I liked the sound of being able to earn a qualification without being in a classroom 5 days a week.
3.What qualification will you achieve on successfully completing your course?
Jamie: I’ll get a Level Three Qualification in Electrical Engineering
4. Do you feel you get a good balance of time between learning in the workplace and classroom based work?
Jamie: Yes, I go to college every Monday and work Tuesday – Friday. I like the fact I don’t totally miss out on college life, but also don’t have to be there all the time. It’s like the best of both worlds!
5. What skills and/or qualities has working at RDM Group given you?
Jamie: I’m learning how to install technical machinery as a pose to learning domestic electrical skills which has given me a massive insight into what’s required when on an industrial site.
I’ve naturally learned to become more organised as we have to follow set processes when on site, this is a skill I’ve started to transfer to other areas of my life.
6. Was it challenging to transition from solely being in education to work? If so, what was most difficult?
Jamie: I was really excited to start my first job so I didn’t find the transition period too difficult!
7. What has been your biggest achievement or proudest moment to date during your Apprenticeship?
Jamie: I always feel proud after we complete a job onsite as we have to do a lot of planning before the installation side of things. It’s a great feeling when it all comes together!
8.What are your next steps once you have finished your course?
Jamie: I’d love to progress in my career with RDM and hopefully one day become a senior engineer
9.Would you recommend an Apprenticeship to others?
Jamie: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who thinks they will enjoy working as well as going to college. I’d especially recommend an apprenticeship to someone if they think they’ll want a practical job when they’re older as they will get more experience this way.”
Well, thank you Jamie for taking the time out of your busy day to speak with us! We’ll let you get back to work! Businesses don’t just benefit from Apprenticeships. We are committed to encouraging and supporting students and young people to learn, grow and flourish in a role which they are passionate about, and in turn, allows them to cultivate lifelong skills for their future career.
Benefits of hiring an apprentice:
●Apprentices can work and train in their desired field, getting valuable hands-on experience and developing their skills
●They can earn some cash whilst learning and gaining a recognised qualification!
●There are plenty of opportunities to demonstrate to their employer their work ethic, with a view to continued employment
●Having a dedicated mentor for support