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National Apprenticeship Week - Alex Pentecost Profile

Posted by Kirsten Beckwith on 9th March 2015

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Welcome to the first blog post in a series this week featuring students who are looking to start out as electrician’s mates and learn whilst on the job. All of these students have either completed or are about to complete their City & Guilds 2365 L2 and 3 Diplomas. You may know these as tech certs, 2330’s or parts 1 & 2, however the key thing to understand is that all of these students have had in depth training in health & safety, electrical installation, inspection & testing and electrical science. The will be coming to you with a wealth of knowledge on which they want to build via guidance and practical experience. They will probably at some point want to complete their NVQ (like an apprenticeship) but this will be at no cost to an employer (unless you really like them!) and in most cases will self fund this expense.

We are posting a profile every day throughout national apprenticeship week and although these are not apprentices in the traditional sense they will all complete the same training and NVQ elements to become fully qualified. They are however mature students who have invested both time and money in themselves and are very dedicated to making it as an electrical installer and have front loaded their training to get a foot in the door. So with no further ado we give you the first student, Alex Pentecost.

Name: Alexander Pentecost

Age: 34

Location: Sandwich, Kent

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 & 3 Diploma Graduate

Today we had the privilege of chatting to Alexander Pentecost who has flown through the 2365 course here at Trade Skills 4U. You can tell by the look on his face on passing his final assignment has meant the world to him. We just know he will be a great success and a fantastic asset to any company.

Why did you decide to take the 2365 course here with us?

Unfortunately I got made redundant from my previous job in Aviation Company based in Kent. The company relocated to a site in Crawley funnily enough and at the time I had a four week old baby and I decided not to move with them. I had a thirst for a new career I decided to take the plunge and enrol on course at Trade Skills 4U on your most comprehensive electrical course 2365.

Where do you live, how far have you travelled to our centre?

I live in Kent which is a four hour round trip each day for my training, which shows my dedication to my new career. 

Why did you decide to have a change of career after being made redundant?

After speaking with friends and family who work in the industry they gave me lots of positive feedback about the electrical trade and the opportunities it could open for me and my family. 

When are you looking to start working?

I’m looking to start work as soon as possible. I would prefer to start working in the commercial sector; I am completing the 2394 – 95 Inspection and testing course this April, which will hopefully open more doors in the industry for me.

What subject did you particularly enjoy on the course?

The subject I enjoyed the most is the science subjects, which is the assignment I just passed with flying colours, therefore in the future, once I have gained more experience in the industry I would like to complete the 2396 electrical design course and become an electrical designer.

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

I know what I am doing with the testing and theory side, I do require more experience running cables, so more hands on experience on site in different scenarios, the practical weeks here have been very helpful on the boards but there is nothing like doing something for real, therefore moving my knowledge from the classroom into real life would be incredibly beneficial for my learning. 

Can you sum yourself in three words?

Reliable – I’m very reliable. I’ve not missed a day here!
Hard Working – I am passionate about electrics and willing to go the extra mile.
Team Player – I work well as a team, whether its motivating others or being self motivating and I’m willing to travel for work.

What We think about Alex?

We believe he would be an asset to any company. He is clearly intelligent, outgoing, polite and very customer facing. He has excellent interpersonal skills and has excelled during his time with us. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any potential employers. If you are interested please contact call 01293 529777 and ask for Kirsten.







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