Level Up – Success Stories

After studying for an apprenticeship, a career as a skilled tradesperson can take you on many exciting pathways. Click on the profiles below to read about where some of our JTL apprentices are now.

Aaron Housen

Aaron Housen

Commercial Gas Engineer

There’s isn’t much that can compare with hands on experience as far as I’m concerned, especially now as we look to grow our business and take on other engineers.

What made you decide to do an apprenticeship rather than take a different path?

My dad started his own business a couple of years prior to me leaving school. This gave me a unique insight into the industry and the huge benefits it can provide to individuals willing to put in the work.

What did you like the most about your apprenticeship? Was there anything you disliked?

My favourite part of the apprenticeship was being taught by many experienced engineers, including my father and college tutor. The wealth of knowledge they shared and continue to share with me has made me the engineer I am today. My JTL Training Officer Mark Brown also deserves a mention.  We continue to work together now, teaching my apprentice.

What was the most interesting job you have ever worked on?

Most interesting job, that is a tough one. We have recently completed a boiler installation at a local school which were the biggest boilers I’ve ever installed – two 400 kW boilers which have now been handed over to the client. Taking the job from planning to handover is always a nice experience. I’ve also had the opportunity to work all over the country with a variety of equipment from small appliances in people’s homes to huge boilers serving the QEII conference centre in Westminster.

What job position do you now hold and what does your role entail?

I’m a commercial gas engineer so I install, service and repair large gas appliances predominantly. I’m also heavily involved in the workings of the business, so I liaise with clients and contractors to quote and tender potential jobs – then onto planning the jobs to ensure a smooth execution and a happy client, then ensuring the appliance/s last by operating an efficient maintenance schedule.

What advice would you give to school leavers who might be uncertain about taking an apprenticeship?

The best advice I could give to school leavers: you have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain. An apprenticeship offers a tailored experience to becoming a specialist within your field AND you’ll get paid whilst doing it. You will also avoid being saddled with debt from tuition fees. There isn’t much that can compare with hands on experience as far as I’m concerned, especially now as we look to grow our business and take on other engineers.

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