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Name – Tom Lawson

Apprenticeship – Electrical Installation

Current Role – Electrical Estimator


What inspired you to apply for an Electrical Apprenticeship?

Following four years service in the British Army, I enrolled on an Electrical Apprenticeship with Picow Engineering Group. I was inspired during my time in the Army to pursue a career path in the Electrical Industry having developed a passion to combine my technical knowledge with practical skills gained within the forces.

What opportunities did the electrical apprenticeship provide you?

My four years apprenticeship allowed me to obtain both the practical and technical knowledge required to become a qualified electrician whilst earning a salary during my studies.

During this 4 year period I gained qualifications in all aspects of an electrical installation including NVQ Level 3 – Electrotechnical Installation, 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, AM2 Competency Test which contributed to enable me to gain my JIB Gold Card status.

What would you say was your biggest achievement whilst completing your apprenticeship?

In the final year of my apprenticeship I was nominated by both my employer and college training officer for the Regional JTL Apprentice of the Year Award. After successfully winning the regional award, I was nominated to represent the North West Region in the National contest.

In June 2019, I attended the JTL Ceremony in London and was fortunate enough to achieve the National Apprentice of the Year Award. It was extremely rewarding to know that I had been selected from over two thousand apprentices that year and that my hard work and determination had been recognised.

What have you done in your career following completion of your apprenticeship?

With the support of the company to progress my career, I have enrolled on a Level 4 HNC course in Construction and the Built Environment. To assist in my progression the company have created a development programme for me to gain an understanding of all aspects of the business. I am currently working within the estimating department to obtain an understanding of the commercial aspects of delivering a project.

What advice would you give to somebody considering an Apprenticeship?

From my experience of undertaking an apprenticeship, I personally would recommend this route to develop a future career path if you are willing to put in the effort and determination required. There is no use in having advice and support available to you if you don’t make the most of it. An apprenticeship is all about learning and training so that you can gain the skills you need to excel in your chosen profession.

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