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Alex had always wanted to be an apprentice – he liked the idea of getting paid while he learnt! Now he is getting ready to represent the region in a nationally-acclaimed vocational skills competition.
“I had to start out on the full-time Level 2 programme first before I could progress on to the Apprenticeship. By the time I began my Apprenticeship I had learnt the basic electrician skills but I wanted to learn more. The industry is constantly changing and there are always new rules and regulations so I knew that learning on the job was the best way for me to put my skills straight into practice. I have always been good at maths and physics too and you have to be good at numbers in this line of work.
“I had a day release at college where we learnt things like wiring, installation and the important Health & Safety aspects. The rest of the time I worked as an electrician at Northampton Electrical Services. My assessor would visit me in the workplace to carry out assessments and discuss my assignments.
“It was my tutor that suggested I enter the national WorldSkills UK competition where I would compete against other trainee electricians. That was quite nerve-wracking but I came second in my heats so I will be representing the Midlands in the live UK finals.”
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