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.
If you do work hard the sky really is the limit. I am now undertaking a degree to further my knowledge even more but have been earning the whole time.
I wanted to gain skills and knowledge while also working and getting paid to develop them. I worked hard at school and did well and although I had a few Sixth Form places I felt I wanted a more targeted learning approach and some more freedom. An apprenticeship gives you this and helps you gain independence and life skills as well as knowledge for the job. It also makes you grow up quickly!
I was very lucky and worked with the same person my whole apprenticeship. We became good friends. He helped me through and taught me well. I enjoyed working with him and will be forever grateful for the time and effort he put in. There was nothing I particularly disliked – there are good days and bad days as with anything, but the overall apprentice experience was highly positive.
I did a large-scale hospital refurbishment and mains infrastructure work for large scale demolition works. This project was over a couple of years as I was just finishing my apprenticeship. I ran a portion of the job and managed a group of people. It was a huge challenge, but a massive learning curve and it has helped me no end in my career.
I am now an Electrical Design Engineer for a Building Services Consultancy. I work in an office environment producing designs, drawings, and tender packs for every manner of building. I also undertake condition surveys and produce feasibility and budget schemes for clients before work takes place. I then manage the jobs on site once a contractor has been appointed to assist technically and manage the level of quality of their work.
I would say the biggest thing is to find a reputable good-sized employer that is going to look after you and give you a career progression. I was very lucky with my employer and although I have moved career, I stay in contact with them and am hugely grateful for the opportunity they gave me. The other thing to strongly consider is your work ethic as it is a completely different environment to school. You will get whatever you put in. But if you do work hard the sky really is the limit. I am now undertaking a degree to further my knowledge even more but have been earning the whole time.