Electro Technical Level 3 Apprentice
London Stock Exchange
I wanted to get into electrical work and an apprenticeship seemed a very good way to learn on the job, get experience and work at the same time as well as earn money. If like myself, you are quite practically minded, it is an easier way to learn, rather than pure academics. I researched Integral and discovered they were a reliable company who look after their staff and so decided that this would be the place for me to develop my career.
I enjoy the diversity of the job – every day brings new challenges that require problem solving skills. It is rewarding when you come up with the solution and see the outcome you have achieved. We have our day to day Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPMs) and reactive maintenance to deal with, but one day it might be electrical, next day it will AC and could involve the ground floor, or roof work – it’s never the same job.
Skills for life
There are so many benefits you get out of doing an apprenticeship in engineering. It’s completely different to anything I have done previously. The skills are second to none and help you in everyday life and not just at work. The standard of work that we do and the quality of the training that I get from my fellow engineers means I am giving myself the best chance for a successful career.
As well as the engineering and electrical side, I have learned installation and mechanical fault-finding. Plus I have developed my team work skills and how to communicate and present myself to others.
Proud to work at a global institution
I love being part of the team attached to the London Stock Exchange and getting to understand how it functions. I am proud of the fact that everyone has heard of where I work and that I help keep such an important and critical facility running. Walking around the site and seeing the work I have done benefit others, is very satisfying.
In terms of the role, you learn something new from everyone that you meet and I always take advice on board from experienced people that I work with. Being based on the client site means that you get to feel part of their team too, and we aim to go above and beyond by being proactive to prevent issues from occurring.
The future is bright
Once I have finished my apprenticeship, I would like to get a few more years’ experience in the hands on environment and then work my way up to a management level. I hope to eventually become a Contracts Manager and I know that the skills I am learning now, will help me achieve my ambitions.