This week is Apprenticeship takeover week and we thought we’d kick it off by looking at the success of one of our current Apprentices, Ellie Selway.
Ellie is a current Electrical Apprentice; she started off her journey on the Access to Building Services course and moved more towards electrics from there.
Currently she is working with a company called Bridges, giving her valuable on the job experience and training, a key aspect of Apprenticeships.
We caught up with her for a short Q&A about her experience at College and on the Apprenticeship.
What course do you study at Bath College?
“1st year I did Access to building services to get a taster of a few different construction courses as I had no previous experience and knew I’d like to do something in construction but not what specific trade.2nd year I did electrical installation. 3rd year I started working for bridges doing the level 3 electrical apprenticeship and currently have just began my 2nd year in the apprenticeship, making it my 4th year at the college.”
What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your course?
“My current lecturer has excellent knowledge of the course content and I feel like I come away from every lesson with a stronger understanding of what we’re learning. It’s nice to come into college and be able to socialise with other apprentices your own age and in the same position as you.”
What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?
“Health and safety and learning about the electrical regulations as I will always have to follow these throughout my career and I feel these are most important.”
What made you apply to Bath College?
“Bath college is the most local college to me with a good reputation, providing a wide range of construction courses and their application process is simple and well organised.”
What do you want to after College?
“After college I would like to stay with the company I am currently with for a couple of years to gain more on site experience within the field and then to go on to start my own business eventually with the possibility of going on to higher level courses as well to gain further knowledge.”
What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study an Apprenticeship?
“Personally, from my experience this is the best route to go down you get paid whilst you’re learning and get a variety of hands on work and theory, an apprenticeship offers a lot of opportunities for progression and as long as you have the right attitude and make the most of what is being offered it can take you far.”
If you’re interested in applying for an Apprenticeship you can check our Apprenticeship vacancies here
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