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Hear from some of our Apprentices

Our team also started their careers as Apprentices…

Dave Cross – Electrical Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator

I started my career as an Electrical Apprenticeship with UK Atomic Energy – based at Winfrith – back in the 1980’s!

I received my ‘Deed of Apprenticeship’ and worked for several years after fully qualifying as an electrician before moving on to join the Prison Service as a Maintenance Electrician. I was responsible in the main for installation and the maintenance and repair of all things Electrical around the site.

After several years I took on the position of Instructor in the Electrical Engineering workshop – teaching the prisoners and delivering NVQ level 2 qualifications. That was the stepping stone for me to complete a formal teaching qualification. In 2003, I took up the post of Lecturer at Weymouth college – within the construction department – and I now have the responsibility of delivering NVQ’s to around 65 learners!

Adrian Smith – Engineering Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator

From the start of my career as a Business Management Apprentice – I have always believed in the importance of continued learning and improvement and am currently undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship – a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

This has become all the more challenging due to the current lockdown restrictions and resultant remote working

Communication with my employer – Weymouth College – is extremely important when working remotely. I have regular communication through emails, direct access to face to face learning and support through Microsoft Teams together with my monthly reviews with my Assessor – again through Teams.

I have found the continued support and guidance from the Apprenticeship Team during these challenging times very welcome, totally invaluable and second to none!

Sam Lee – Lead Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator 

I started my journey at Weymouth College as a Business Administration Apprentice in 2013. Prior to my apprenticeship I used to be retail manager and wanted to take my career in another direction. Following the training and support from my assessor I achieved my apprenticeship and have since progressed in a variety of roles at Weymouth College. 

I have been an Apprenticeship Training Coordinator at the College since 2016. I’ve been given the opportunity to take up additional qualifications including my Assessing qualification and Award in Education and Training. 

Completing my apprenticeship as an adult learner has meant that I’ve been able to change my career and have found a job that I love where I can pass on my knowledge and skills gained throughout my career to my apprentices. 

Jon Wade – Electrical Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator

My Apprenticeship was with Southern Electricity Board (now SSE plc). A 4.5 Year Apprenticeship – the first 2 Years were block release in Portsmouth and for the last 2.5 years I worked out of the Weymouth Depot.

I was fortunate enough to work on domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural installations – including inspection and testing for many public and private sector companies including: MOD, Local Council, Winfrith Technology Centre, British Aerospace, Marconi, Quinetic, Portland Docks, HMP Prisons and Young Offender Institutes, Schools and Universities, Hospitals, Retail Shops, Commercial Offices, Farms, Domestic properties and high profile specification jobs on Sandbanks…the list goes on!

I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and was fully supported by my employer which made all the difference. The apprenticeship set me up with transferable skills that enabled me to continue to progress in the electrical industry.

Four years after completing my initial apprenticeship I was offered the opportunity to take a technical traineeship- becoming a Contracts Engineer with responsibility for estimating, surveying and project managing many projects up to £3-5 Million.

My apprenticeship provided me with the skill set to start my own Electrical Contracting business which I have been running for 17+ years where I still carry out electrical installation works, test and inspections, EICRs, electrical surveying, estimating and project management.

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Apprenticeships – an ancient training method that has stood the test of time

One of our Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinators John Joy wanted to share with us some paperwork he had been recently sent by the family of an apprentice who had served their apprenticeship in his father’s boot and shoe repair shop in Great George St, Weymouth around 80 years ago.  Thank you John.

To find out more about the history of apprenticeships view our apprenticeship timeline


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