National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Year 10 Thamesview students get a taste of apprenticeship life.

It can be a daunting task deciding what you want to do as a career and at the Trust we believe the best way to inspire the next generation of industry is to let them experience careers first hand.

As part of our Schools Partnership programme we took a group of Year 10 students to spend a morning at the newly opened JTL Training centre in Maidstone so they could see what it takes to be become an electrician or a plumber. The students engaged in practical tasks like fixing circuit boards and solving plumbing problems.

Being in Year 10, the students still have another year at school before they have to decide on their next steps, but we know that for some young people this year can't happen quickly enough and they are eager to begin life in the working world. By engaging young people at an early stage in their decision making process, we are able to present them with the available employment opportunities within the construction and built environment sector and inspire them to pursue a succesful career in industry; one that gives them the freedom and opportunity to fulfil their full ​potenial.  

JTL Training offer training for a range of electrical and plumbing apprenticeships as well as advice on how to secure placements. The students had the opportunity to quiz two current electrical apprentices about their experiences and benefit from their knowledge. The young apprentices gave the students some really practical advice including how it can be both advantageous and necessary to your career to learn to drive as soon as you hit seventeen. The more strings you have to your bow, the more useful you are on site which ultimately leads to a greater experience and a pay rise!

Advice that went down better than a plea to start saving as soon as you start earning, but some lessons you have to learn on your own…