“I’d advise anyone who is thinking about taking on an apprentice to go for it. It’s a really good way to keep your business competitive and it’s great to watch them grow and succeed”

>>> Continued from page 20 He said: “Through and coming out

of lockdown, we were very careful about how we travelled, so we reviewed our business vehicles policy, and also how we accessed the various sites while ensuring that the appropriate PPE was in place.

“The team understood their own responsibilities and that included our apprentices, who took it all in their stride. The team worked in bubbles and the same apprentice would always be with the same electrical engineer.” Looking to the future, David plans to

keep investing in apprenticeships and encourages other firms to do the same. He said: “The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) will provide you with support and help with funding for things like paperwork and books – it’s really helpful. They work hard to keep the industry going and the colleges are a great help and support as well. “I’d advise anyone who is thinking about taking on an apprentice to go for it. It’s a really good way to keep your business competitive and it’s great to watch them grow and succeed.”


Andrew Jancey started with DRW in 2006 when he was 17 and stayed with them after finishing his apprenticeship in 2010

I thought about going to university but I decided to go for an apprenticeship instead. I’d done some

work experience so I knew a little of what to expect. I loved the fact that I was earning money while I was learning a trade. You gain confidence and learn so much as you go along, and not just the electrical side of it. You don’t think about it at the time, but you learn how to interact with customers and get a whole new skillset that you probably wouldn’t get at university. “I worked with a good set of

tradesmen with a range of background when I was an apprentice which helped me get a wide variety of skills.

It’s a challenge to put what you’ve learned at college into practice but you’re surrounded by people who can help you and teach you on site. “When I qualified as an electrician

there was plenty of work here so David offered me the chance to stay on. I like the different work we do here, we do a lot of varied jobs. Now I’m the person working with an apprentice and you see it from the other side. When you’re teaching someone else, you remember what it was like to be in their situation and you know what they’re going through because of your own experience. “Te industry is changing all the

time and the technology you’re using is constantly improving. You get a skillset you can travel anywhere with and there’s a lot of space for progression. Choosing an apprenticeship opens up so many doors.”

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