At Elkins we are committed to offering apprenticeships to local residents on our projects wherever possible. We believe apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain meaningful hands-on experience, and can open up doors to a career in the construction industry. In fact, we’ve seen this first hand, as 95% of our apprentices have gone on to long-term employment with us or one of our suppliers.
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we sat down with our electrical apprentice, Trevor Franks, to find out more about how he came to work with us, what he has gained from his apprenticeship so far and his hopes for his future career.
Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?
I wanted to do an apprenticeship because it allowed me to work full time and gain valuable practical experience whilst carrying out my studies.
How did you find out about Elkins?
I heard about Elkins through word of mouth and recommendation. The business has a great reputation for offering training opportunities, and helping its staff progress with their careers, so I knew this was the right choice for my apprenticeship.
What subject is your apprenticeship in and what does it involve?
My apprenticeship is in electrical installation. My day-to-day duties involve upgrading electrical wiring systems in various domestic and commercial properties.
What do you like about working at Elkins?
My favourite thing about working at Elkins is the strong links the company forms with the communities it undertakes work in. You can really see the effort everyone puts in and the commitment they have to improving the local areas for the residents.
What are you hoping to do once your apprenticeship finishes?
My apprenticeship has given me a good foundation and knowledge of electrical installation, so I’m hoping I will be able to find employment as an electrician in the construction industry.
What do you get up to outside of work?
I’m quite active and enjoy climbing and trekking mountains. I also enjoy cold water swimming around the country, in waterfalls and the sea – I’ll do it no matter the weather!
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