We were delighted to meet up with Alex Pentecost today, we interviewed him back in March whilst he was studying our C&G 2365 Diploma Course, as part of a campaign around national apprenticeship week. He was looking for work at the time and we were profiling great candidates on our website to try and assist them with their search. We caught up with him once he returned for his 2394/95 this week, three months after completing his course.
When we interviewed Alex originally we were blown away with his professionalism and we wanted to help him find work in the industry, we kept in contact with him and he’s now successfully gained employment with HMC Electrical, hear what he had to say:
Name: Alex Pentecoste
Which courses did you take with us?
C&G 2365 Level 2 & 3 Diploma & C&G 2394/2395 Course Package
When did you take the course?
Finished the 2365 in February 2015
How did you find the course at our centre?
I enjoyed working two weeks on two weeks off, and the intensive format for the course, my tutor Phil was a great, he had a great teaching style, he wanted you to say the answer rather than telling you the answer which means you’re more likely to pay attention rather than information just being given to you. My wife is a teacher and she is all for this style of teaching in her classes.
What type of work were you doing before training?
Previously I worked in the aviation industry, I decided to re-train after being made redundant, a friend of mine working at Heathrow recommended your training centre to me, he successfully became an engineer in the new terminal 5 building at Heathrow, he works maintaining the baggage reclaim belts.
How long have you been working in the electrical industry now?
What were your key goals when initially training with Trade Skills 4U?
My initial goal was to get into inspection and testing, I didn’t want to go and work in the domestic sector.
What would you say to someone thinking about training with Trade Skills 4U?
Yes I would definitely recommend to a friend, from the front of house to the tutors, the staff are really friendly, I liked the intensive nature of the course, it meant I could get my qualifications quickly and get out working as soon as possible, and after being made redundant this was important to me and my small family.
How long did it take you to find work after our course?
HMC – employed me three weeks after leaving the centre. I started off as an electricians mate, and after 4 weeks, I requested to be given my own van and tools, two days later they gave it to me. I’m now out working on my own. I get a list from head office, jobs mainly in the commercial or industrial sectors, they could be a day job, or last a few weeks, we’ve recently been working at Greenwich university. I like that my days are planned and I’m not out there scrimping and scraping for work.
What are you planning on doing in the future?
I would like to come back and do the 2396 eventually, possibly in the next five years when I’ve got a bit more experience under my belt, this was the assignment I enjoyed the most whilst on the course.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank you personally for helping me get the job if it wasn’t for you pestering HMC to get me in for an interview I wouldn’t have got the job in the first place, I really appreciate your help and I’m very thankful for Trade Skills 4U.