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MEMBER STORY APPRENTICES


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Setting out on the road to success


n the day apprentices start with us, they’re told we’ll endeavour to provide good training across a wide range of aspects related to the electrical trade and our


ongoing workload. We also tell them that the next few years will be an important part of their life and future, and they’re expected to show willing, listen, learn and do their best both on site and at college.


On site, we normally work in pairs, i.e. an apprentice and a tradesman. Our workload includes new build housing, domestic rewires, tenanted house repairs, EICRs, factory and commercial property installation and maintenance, controlled entry systems, CCTV, car park barriers and automatic door installation and maintenance. Our


Robert Aitken is Managing Director of SELECT Member business Power Distributing Contracting (PDC) Ltd, who are based in Larkhall, Lanarkshire. As a long-time supporter of apprentices, he talks us through the journey each trainee undertakes at the fi rm – and why he believes it’s essential for electrical businesses to continue backing the talent of tomorrow…


apprentices are trained in all aspects of these duties and, in time, are expected to become conversant and competent in each subject’s installation and maintenance.


Each apprentice works with diff erent tradesmen. We have some that specialise in diff erent aspects of our


“We now have fi ve very able and competent tradesmen, all of whom served their apprenticeship with our company” 26 CABLEtalk APRIL/MAY 2021


work, so each trainee gets chances on each core discipline at various times during their training. We also assess their progress at regular intervals via reports from both the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and the respective tradesmen, and if we feel the apprentice is lagging in one subject, we try to provide additional training on that aspect. SECTT will also fl ag up any areas that the apprentice may require more experience on.


Help when it’s needed If we feel apprentices are struggling with a particular aspect of their work, e.g. two-way switching or control


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