Levi Pickering is 16-year-old undertaking his electrical apprenticeship with A.R. Waines. He started out on a construction and architecture course but moved onto an apprenticeship course when he realised he wanted to be on the tools, not stuck inside.
What are the best and worst things about being electrician?
Levi: The variety of work is great. Commercial, industrial, and residential, indoors and out and we travel all over the country. I can’t think of any downside although I don’t like Mondays! Fortunately, that’s my college day, so at least I don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn.
What would you say to a budding electrical apprentice?
Levi: After my own experience of switching courses, my advice is to go with what you enjoy, because then you will always want to learn more.
Employer Ashley Waines adds: “Hudson Contract’s support helps when you’re waiting for payments or have an unexpected bill. For example, our van was off the road for a week so worked slowed down. We did what we could by borrowing cars and even cycling to some jobs, but the sponsorship for Levi took the pressure off so far as he was concerned. My advice for somebody thinking of taking on an apprentice is to get clued up about what you are taking on – the paperwork, health and safety, insurances – so that you know about your responsibilities as an employer from the start.”
Levi is completing his electrical apprenticeship through East Riding College, Bridlington.