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National Apprenticeship Week - Jack Gray Profile

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 10th March 2015

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Jack Gray

Age: 27

Loction: Wokingham

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 & 3 Diploma Graduate

We love meeting our students especially when they’re as hard working and dedicated as Jack, he has just completed our 2365 here at Trade Skills 4U. We’re delighted with his hard work and dedication to the course and will no doubt go on to great things after studying with us.

What did you want to achieve from taking a course here with us?

My main focus was to make it through my assignments and exams and hopefully pick up some experience along the way learning all the lingo and correct terms for everything; I wanted to be able to speak the same language as the rest of the electricians. This course has given me loads of confidence and a qualification which is recognisable by the industry. I understand this is just a stepping stone and I require more hands on experience, but it has given me the confidence to know what I am talking about.

When are you looking to start work?

I would like to start working ASAP I have a small family and a three year old son who I need to provide for.

What are your career goals since taking a course here with us?

One day I would like to work in the inspection and testing side of things, and one day I would like to work for myself and hopefully own my own business once I’ve got to know the basics. I am very flexible and happy to work, domestically, commercially or wherever the work is.

Did you have any previous experience in electrics before the course?

No previous experience.

What made you decide to pay for your own training?

I decided to pay for my own training, because apprentices get paid a small wage which wouldn’t cover my travel expenses to work, taking this course here (rather than at colleague) meant I didn’t have to work around the clock doing electrical in the daytime and working in a pub in the evenings. I could fit my training around my job as a tree surgeon where they are happy for me to work two weeks on two weeks off. I wish I had been an apprentice at the age of 16 when money wasn’t an issue!

Which was your favourite module?

I enjoyed the science side of the course best, I really like mathematical aspect of the course, working with formulas and the environmental side was important too.

What do you need more practice in to build your confidence?

I need more experience in installations, I did excel in the practical side of the course I am much better at explaining in person rather than on paper.

What makes you employable?

I have worked on sites before, I’m happy to start at the bottom and work my way up, I’m not going to be a ‘know it all’ with my employer after learning electrics in a classroom, I understand I have a long way to go.

I understand the safety side of things; I’ve seen a lot of people assume they know what they’re doing without taking the proper precautions.

Where have you seen this?

I have seen this often working as a tree surgeon. I understand I’ve still got a lot to learn but I also won’t pretend to know something I’m not 100% sure of because of the safety aspect when it comes to electrics.

What do you think makes your more employable being a mature student?

I know at 16 I didn’t know what a proper day’s work was like, however now I would happily work 6 days a week and 24/7 to make ends meat for my family!

What qualifications are you thinking of taking next?

17th Edition and PAT Testing.

I’m really looking forward to getting out there and working!

What we think about Jack?

Jack is clearly very smart and very driven. He is also humble and keen to continue to learn as much as possible. He would be a great addition to any company that takes him on. If you want to look at taking on Jack as a trainee then please call 01293 529777 and ask for Kirsten.







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