National Apprenticeship Week 2020: MTVH apprentices share their experiences.
3 February 2020
| Corporate | Training
National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 Feb) celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Housing associations have a key role to play in helping residents get in to work, and apprenticeships are an invaluable route to employment for many social housing residents. To mark the week, MTVH asked some of its apprentices to share their experiences.
Cole Hallam is 18 years old and currently on an Electrician apprenticeship based in Derby. We recently asked him a few questions about his apprenticeship journey with Metworks, MTVH’s in-house repairs and maintenance team who look after all our properties across London and the East-Midlands.
Tell us a little about your apprenticeship and why you chose it?
I chose the apprenticeship because it’s what I wanted to do after I left school. I was doing an electrical course at college before this apprenticeship. Overall, I have found the apprenticeship really useful and have picked up a lot over the time being here and still continue to enjoy it.
How did you hear about apprenticeship?
My dad who previously worked for Metworks mentioned the apprenticeship while I was in college and it sounded like a good fit for me. I read more about it on the MTVH website and applied through there.
What has your journey been like?
So far, I have found my journey to be a positive one, particularly with repairs. I look forward to getting on more work-streams to develop varied skills and get used to doing other type of electrical work.
What do you hope to achieve from this experience?
I hope to be a fully qualified electrician after this experience and continue to do the same sort of work.
What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
What I enjoy the most about my apprenticeship is the hands on work! I enjoy being present and working in the daily work environment and overseeing different scenarios as opposed to a classroom setting.
What type of skills have you developed?
The skills I’ve developed are day to day repairs on domestic dwellings and small installation work as well as improved communication skills from working with customers day to day.
How has this apprenticeship impacted your life?
This apprenticeship has impacted my life because it’s helped with my confidence and provided me with the core skills I need for my future career.
Do you believe it has prepared you for future goals?
It has prepared me for my future goals as it’s opened me into a future career that has endless possibilities and outcomes.
What advice would you give to those who are thinking about taking apprenticeships like this?
My advice to someone thinking about taking an apprenticeship is ensure you put in the work and take responsibility as it will definitely maximise your potential.