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Apprentice exchange winner speaks of “incredible experience”

09 September 2015     JTL

JTL apprentice and Ambassador Sam Jones recently took part in the JIB Apprentice Exchange scheme in New York, giving her a fantastic opportunity to learn about how the electrical industry works overseas.

Final year apprentice Sam, who is employed by Melvin John Electrical in Coleford, Gloucestershire here in England, spent six weeks Stateside in May and April. She went with the aims of learning how things worked in the industry in America, and to act as an ambassador for the industry here in the UK.

Sam was given some incredible opportunities during her time in New York, working at incredible locations including the Empire State Building, 432 Park Avenue – the highest residential building in the Western Hemisphere – the Google offices and even Madison Square Gardens.

“The guys I met over there…”, Sam explained, “… I think I did more than most of them had in their lifetime in six weeks, with regards to the electrical side of things. They put me on all the best jobs. I worked at the Google building for a bit, because they had the Google offices that they were doing up.

“I did Madison Square Gardens as well, working in the roof putting in an HD projector system; a brand-new system for the arena. I was able to watch them set up for artists like Shania Twain and Billy Joel, and watch all the stage guys set up the arena for them for the concert that night, and that was brilliant!”

The majority of Sam’s work here in the UK sees her working in a factory, so she very much enjoyed working on the more commercial side of things during her time on the exchange.

“My line of work is completely different to what I did out there”, she said. “It’s a different country and they do things differently.

“I hadn’t experienced a great deal of on-site construction stuff with the role that I do – we’re factory-based a lot of the time, so it’s a different kettle of fish.

“It was such an eye-opener, and gave me a massive insight.”

Overall, Sam called her time in the States a “fantastic experience”, and would rush at the opportunity to do something similar in the future.

“I got to see so much and do so much”, she said.

“The whole experience was just incredible, it really was.”

 

JTL apprentice and Ambassador Sam Jones recently took part in the JIB Apprentice Exchange scheme in New York, giving her a fantastic opportunity to learn about how the electrical industry works overseas.

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