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Joshua Robinson

Electrical

Josh started his apprenticeship in 2012 when he left Rastrick High School in West Yorkshire and is now in his fourth and final year. Josh’s employer is Preston Electrical, a multi service electrical contracting company spanning the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors.

Having worked alongside his Dad, a heating engineer, since he was 12 years old Josh already had a sound knowledge of how to use the tools of the trade and was good with his hands.

“Starting as an apprentice straight after the summer holidays was a bit of a shock to the system but I quickly got used to my new routine,” says Josh. “I love my job, despite giving myself a few electric shocks in the early days! The things I’ve enjoyed most about my apprenticeship are learning new things and visiting different places and environments up and down the county. I’ve learnt other skills too, like how to deal with all different types of people and a whole array of challenges - and that’s proved to be really useful. In the future, I hope to take on more responsibility at my company and then to start running my own jobs as a site foreman.

“I’ve encountered some stereotypical views but my JTL Training Officer has made it very clear that he’s always there to help and I know what the procedures are if I feel I need any help. That’s not been the case so far though.”

“I’d really recommend an apprenticeship to other young people. I’d say go for it. Don’t delay once you know what you want to do. It won’t come easy as it’s a harder job than people think but I’d tell them to never give up trying, to work hard and do your best.”

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