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Joined: 2017

I say this to everybody: Find something you are interested in and, if you can, get an apprenticeship. It is the best decision I ever made. 

Joe Green has just completed his electrical apprenticeship, passing with distinctions and securing a full time role with the company. He was a star apprentice and has already become a valued employee for The Guinness Partnership, who provide high quality social housing.

Joe’s manager, Dale Pashley told us:  “I am really pleased with Joe’s progress. He gets all his jobs completed on time and to a good standard. He is great with customers and fits really well with the team.”


We asked Joe to tell us more about his apprenticeship and his new job.

> Tell us more about why you chose to do an apprenticeship

When I left school I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do so I went to college to do a sports course, because I thought while I figured out what career I wanted, it was better to do something that interested me.

A year into college I started to think about what I could do to have a more ‘hands on’ career. I started exploring different trades and talking to lecturers. Electrics was the one that stood out to me. I completed my sports course to get the qualification before enrolling on L2 electrical course.

The plan was to do the first year in college and then get an apprenticeship. I did the first year and really enjoyed it. I applied for the apprenticeship at Guinness and got it. I was really pleased because it was my first choice. It really appealed to me because of the locations and the type of work I’d be doing.

> What have you experienced in your apprenticeship and how has that led onto your full-time role?

I really enjoy what I do and a lot of that is because of the camaraderie in the job with the people I work with and the tenants I meet. I really like meeting new people.

My job involves mainly maintenance and repairs. I go to different tenant’s houses. I can have up to 8 jobs a day if they are smaller ones, but sometimes I could be in one property all day if it is a bigger job. Every day is different and I really like that.

> Why do you think an apprenticeship suited you so much?

I am more of a hands-on learner. I did quite well in school but I wasn’t interested in sitting down to study and do exams. I knew university wasn’t for me. The apprenticeship route was perfect for me and I didn’t realise how perfect until I actually started doing it.

On the apprenticeship I would be at work for 4 days and then have a day in college – which was really fun actually, and a really good experience. I made new friends and learnt new things. There was quite a bit that I had to learn for my final exam that I don’t have the chance to do day-to-day, so the tutors taught me in college.

> What kind of support did you get from employers and college?

In my last year, I had a brilliant supportive assessor who would come out to site and help me get the evidence I needed for my portfolio. I was pushing to get my portfolio done as soon as I could because I knew I could then do my final exam. The sooner I did that, the sooner I qualified and could start applying for jobs.

My supervisors helped me by organising time for me to work in other departments to get the extra evidence I needed for my apprenticeship portfolio which wasn’t part of my day-to-day work. I went to work on an industrial site in Sheffield, for example. As soon as I asked for help they would organise what I needed. I am really lucky to be working in a place that was so supportive.

I have made some good friends and had some really supportive colleagues. When I was doing my exams, the person who I had worked with through my apprenticeship was ringing me to see how I was feeling and give me words of encouragement. That meant a lot.

We also get regular training for all kinds of things that support us to do the job. This is an added bonus and something that benefits me for the future too.

> Did you know you would be working full-time here after you had completed your apprenticeship?

I was hoping I would, but it wasn’t guaranteed. I understood that it would depend on if there were vacancies available. Luckily, when I qualified there were some, so I applied and I was so glad I got the job because I love working here.

Quick questions


What job are you doing now?

Now I have qualified I am working on similar jobs as I was doing as an apprentice. It mainly involves domestic installation and repair, although I am now mainly working on repairs.

I like that I get to travel around too. My jobs take me across the Peak District, Chesterfield, Mansfield and into some areas in Sheffield.


What does the future hold for you?

I really enjoy it here and want to stay here for a while. It is such a great company to work for and it is a great place to build up my experience. I have considered progressing on to study electrical engineering at some point in my career and I would like to experience working abroad for a while if the opportunity arises in the future.

There are so many different fields to work in with the qualifications I have. What I do on the domestic side is just one side of it. I look forward to getting some experience in different areas as my career progresses.


What advice would you give to others?

I say this to everybody: Find something you are interested in and, if you can, get an apprenticeship. It is the best decision I ever made. You get paid to get a qualification, get lots of experience and have fun meeting new people. The last 5 years of college and my apprenticeship has gone really quickly and I am happy with how it is set me up for the future.