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Apprentice for the Day

06 October 2014

As part of Apprenticeship Week, Bracknell & Wokingham College apprentice, Tom Redmond, showed Martin Surrell, Bracknell Forest Council’s Senior Secondary Advisor, how to be an Electrical Installation ‘Apprentice for the day’.

Martin spent the day shadowing college apprentice Tom who works for Bracknell Forest Homes. Tom is in his fourth year of an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship with Bracknell & Wokingham College.

For Martin, it was all about finding out more about the Apprenticeship programmes and getting his hands dirty seeing what Tom does on a daily basis. Martin said: “I really wanted to see first hand what apprentices do on the job. I work closely with the schools in Bracknell Forest and feel it’s essential that we are talking to young people about the whole range of education pathways available. In the future, young people will need to stay in education or training until 17, then 18 years old, and staying on at school might not be appropriate for them all - they could do Apprenticeships instead. It’s been great meeting Tom – he’s a keen and motivated young person, making his way in his career.”

Tom is enjoying his Apprenticeship programme and hopes it will set him up for a career in the electrical industry. Tom said: “I’ve nearly finished my Apprenticeship and ideally I’d like to stay working for Bracknell Forest Homes. I’ve learnt so many new skills and have been getting paid at the same time! What I’ve learnt at College I’ve been able to put into practice at work straight away. I’ve worked on kitchen ring mains, changing consumer units, emergency lighting, heat installations and many more. And the best bit has been working with other trades, like plumbers and carpenters, and meeting different people every day – you can’t learn that in the classroom!”

Pete Russell, Tom’s team leader at Bracknell Forest Homes said: “Tom’s really thrived doing his Apprenticeship. We’ve got five apprentices currently, in various roles. We’ve always used Bracknell & Wokingham College as it has a good reputation, and we even use it ourselves for our own training updates on electrical courses. The college Training Advisers meet with us every couple of months to discuss the progress of our apprentices, for instance grades, homework, attendance and conduct. Once these apprentices have completed their training, they’ll have the necessary skills to become qualified tradesmen. They know how we work and they know how to treat other people at work. It’s all good for the future of the electrical industry – we need these loyal workers.”

Phil Longman, Tom’s Training Adviser said: “Tom takes his college training as seriously as his learning on the job. He has worked consistently hard to achieve some excellent results and has made very good progress. Tom’s experience shows what a good route an Apprenticeship is to a rewarding career where you can earn and learn at the same time.”

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