Apprenticeship Case Study
Q. What do you do and where do you do it?
A. I am an Electrical Fitter working on high voltage substation new builds and refurbishments. I work with voltages of between 11kv and 132kv all over East Anglia.
Q. Why is your role important?
A. Much of the electricity transmission network is at the age where infrastructure and kit, installed 50 years ago, needs to be replaced. With new housing developments and construction of new train stations, there is more demand on the network. We make sure there is enough power to go around!
Q. Which parts of the job do you enjoy most/ find most rewarding?
A. I like being on site using my hands and getting work done. We work in teams on jobs which is reassuring for speed and safety. Seeing a large project reach completion is a great feeling knowing your work has been an important factor in it.
Q. What path did you use to get the position you hold today?
A. I have just completed my three year apprenticeship as an Electrical Fitter.
Q. What did you do before?
A. When I left school I worked soldering circuit boards on a production line.
Q. Has it met or exceeded your expectations?
A. This role has definitely given me a variety of work which is important, it keeps it interesting and challenging. I’ve received training giving me a specialist qualification in a field which I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. This year I am starting an HNC in Electrical Power Engineering which will make me a specialist in my field. As a STEM Ambassador I want to tell students about the opportunities in utilities and hopefully my experiences can show what possibilities there are.
Q. What advice would you give to the people reading this article who want to work in a similar field?
A. I would say try an apprenticeship. It will open a lot of doors for you in the utilities industry and you can earn whilst getting qualified. University wasn’t for me but I am now starting a university course and have three years’ of industry experience.
There will always be a demand for qualified people in the utilities industry. I want to become a Senior Authorised Person or Commissioning Engineer. It means more qualifications and lots more experience but it’s a very responsible role and I’m working towards it.