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supportive. I didn’t really have any issues, but I know of a few apprentices who did. They got in contact with their training offi cer and they were out as soon as they could to help fi nd a resolution. They’re always there and always willing to help. They’ll visit you at least once a year out on site just to see where you are and what skills you’ve learned. They are really benefi cial.


How does it feel to be named TClarke’s Apprentice of the Year and be the fi rst Scottish winner in the competition’s ten-year history? It’s defi nitely something I couldn’t have done without the support of people from the Scotland offi ce. They’ve been with me every step of the way and helped train me. It’s a massive achievement and I fi nd it diffi cult to put into words. I’m really pleased and proud that I’ve been given that opportunity to be recognised. I’m now on the TClarke Future Leaders Programme because of it, where I’m going to be shown diff erent aspects of the business and they’re going to train me to be a future leader in the company. It’s all a bit surreal, and very gratifying!


Dean appreciates the support he has received and is looking to the future


but it’s up to you to organise your work, make sure you’ve got enough materials, and liaise with site agents and the other trades. I always thought that was done for you – not in a lazy way! I like it, though, because it means I have to organise myself, but you do still have a supervisor who will come out and make sure it’s all done properly.


How helpful have the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and your training offi cers been during your journey? They’re really helpful. I’ve had two training offi cers and they were really


“I want to be the person making the tough decisions and moving the company in a direction that’s good for the future”


What does the future hold? I’d like to move up in the company. I really enjoy my work, and I enjoy being out on site, but I’d also like to grow and progress to see myself in an operational or managerial role. I want to be the person making the tough decisions and moving the company in a direction that’s good for the future.


Do you have any advice for those considering apprenticeships? Follow your dreams and listen to your gut. If it’s something you think you might want to do, then you need to go for it. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re at college, but stick in because there’s so much knowledge that gets passed to you in such a small space of time and it’s easy to miss the really important things that’ll just give you that edge. Without doing that, I wouldn’t have been recognised by SECTT to do the Apprentice of the Year competition. It’s a really important and crucial stage to just really get stuck in.


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