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National Apprenticeship Week - James Huxstep Profile

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 12th March 2015

james huxstep student


Name: James Huxstep

Age: 29

Location: Kent

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 & 3 Diploma Graduate

Today we had the pleasure of meeting James Huxstop who is currently studying our 2365 course, he was a pleasure to chat with and he really knows his stuff. We know he will be very successful within the electrical industry after attending this course here with us.

When you enrolled at Trade Skills 4u, what was your end goal?

I would like to do domestic installations, rather than commercial, my end game is to become fully qualified electrician.

Did you have any previous experience?

Yes – I originally worked in the entertainment industry in the west end, I worked on the lighting and sound for Billy Elliott and Wicked. I have been working in a drama school since then. I enjoyed working in the entertainment industry but I’m interested in working for myself and earning a little bit more money in the future.

What made you change from being a technician to becoming an electrician?

I wanted to specialise in electrics and learn in a more in-depth way. Luckily from my previous experience at the theatre with all the electrical equipment this gave me a good understanding of the industry before starting the course.

Have you been working in-between the two weeks off?

Yes – I have been working in-between still working in the entertainment industry, mainly depping on the shows such as Wicked and Billy Elliott which has helped me put into practise what I’ve been learning. My employers have been incredibly accommodating whilst I’ve been training.

Why did you choose this training centre?

Its location, I did quite a lot of research with other suppliers and I was really impressed with the facilities in this centre.

Which part of the course did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the theory side; I really enjoyed the science module on the course, because I have worked in engineering as well, I like the more in-depth side.

All in all, I excelled at most sections of the course, I’m very thankful to have a good understanding before starting the course working behind the scenes on shows.

How confident do you feel to go out and work in the electrical industry since taking this course with us?

I’m confident in my ability and skills. We all know that it’s not as easy to find a job these days therefore having this qualification should assist me taking my career to the next level and have the piece of paper to prove it. Most work I’ve found during my career has been through a colleague or someone I know, which means I understand that my reputation is everything.

What we think about James?

We’re really impressed with James, with his previous experience and eagerness to learn as well as good working attitude we know he would be a fantastic asset to any company. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommending him to any potential employer. If you are interested please contact call 01293 529777 and ask for Kirsten.






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