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GF Electrical is very active with ‘Young Chamber’ and our director and senior managers regularly visit schools to give talks, assist in mock interviews or give advice on CVs, and answer questions on what it would be like to commit to a career in the electrical industry. As a company, we have felt the benefits of employing apprentices. Over the years we have had many successful trainees come up through the company, our very first back in 2006 is now GF Electricals’ ‘Estimator’!

What is an Apprenticeship?

It’s a job but it’s also still an education with qualifications and should not be seen as any lesser than going on to do A levels or going to university and getting into debt.

The Apprenticeships include weekly classroom time at college with experienced tutors teaching the theory to make sure the apprentice covers all aspects of the job for their NVQ Level 3 award. Apprentices are trained the rest of the week by professionals in their field who share their skills and knowledge to help the apprentice put the theory into practice and become an expert too.

What is an apprenticeship

Salary expectations

Whilst they are gaining all this experience and knowledge they are also being paid. An apprentice’s wage is admittedly low but this is because there are other costs to a company that make it viable to dedicate the time to training individuals but remember, no one is being paid anything whilst they sit in school! Work hard and improve, and as time goes on, it should start to reflect in your wages.

Skills for Life

An apprenticeship is a job foremost and being in the trade involves early starts, long hours labouring and not always in nice cosy environments (if ever) but it is a skill for life and can give you many opportunities in the future.