It’s National Apprenticeship Week and at Tai Calon we’re giving the reins to our apprentices to tell you about their journey through an apprenticeship and how life at Tai Calon has been since they started.
Say hello to Tyler, our electrical apprentice who is due to finish his apprenticeship this year.
When I was in college, I was learning more about electrics but also understood that the amount I learnt in college would be nothing compared to the experience of working on site and picking up tricks of the trade from other sparks who’ve been in the trade for a long time. I also knew that getting an apprenticeship would make finding a job in the trade much easier.
When I was in my second year of Electrics in college, I was still trying to find an apprenticeship when Tai Calon released an advertisement for an electrical apprenticeship. Being from the local area I thought it would be ideal for me, and after that I asked around and learnt some of the benefits the company provides, a few examples being the pensions or the exclusive staff discounts on the internal platform.
When I first started, I think it would be fair to say I didn’t really have a clue. It is a lot different than what you learn in college where all the work is on a much smaller scale. Even though I’m now coming towards the end of my apprenticeship I have acquired many skills we as a trade use. During my first 6-10 months with Tai Calon I worked with Steve Silcox in the voids team, and this was the ideal space to learn as the homes were empty and I could take my time and ask as many questions as I could think of.
Now that I am approaching the end of my time as an apprentice, I think the some of the things I’m most looking forward to are:
- The extra income being fully qualified brings
- The chance to increase my skills and knowledge even further with Tai Calon
- Finally being able to say I’m qualified
- And not having to make all the tea at team meetings haha!
I’ve also been able to pick up so many other skills along the way, whether that’s bits and pieces of other trades’ work or social skills, these are skills that will stay with me for life.
There’s been some great moments I’ve had with Tai Calon, things like gaining additional Electrical qualifications ready for when I come out of my apprenticeship, or simple funny moments with my colleagues, it’s fair to say I’ve enjoyed it so far and I’m looking forward to what’s to come being employed with the company.
I’ve included a photo of a recent bit of work I’ve done so here’s a picture of me and a fan and teaching a colleague how to wire a plug.