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Thomas Barker

March 9, 2017 • Investing in Young Enterprise • National Apprenticeship Week

Thomas Barker

National Apprenticeship Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Monmouthshire is marking the occasion by talking to members of staff  who started with us as apprentices.

When did you start your apprenticeship?
I started my apprenticeship when I was 16 straight from school and worked for monitor facilities management ltd in the electrical building services department maintaining Monmouthshire CBC and Torfaen CBC county hall facilities.

Why did you become an apprentice?
I decided to become an Apprentice as I have always wanted to be an electrician and was advised that an apprenticeship was the best way to go.

How did your apprenticeship benefit you?
An Apprenticeship benefitted me because, not only did it give me the electrical skills I required to do my work but taught me good work ethics, made me work hard and appreciate every financial increase I had through the years.

Where are you now?
I am now the engineering manager of an electrical installation and electrical controls company. I’ve worked through the ranks to get where I am and deal with anything from staff a management to pricing of large jobs.

Best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is my workforce. I appreciate those working for me as I have been in there position, especially the two apprentices I have trained over the years.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years’ time, to be honest I’m happy where I am and still doing what I’m doing now. But hopefully with a well-developed company employing more apprentices and training them the way I was.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
To anyone considering becoming an apprentice l would say, ‘do it!’. It’s set me up for life in a job I enjoy. It can be hard, pay isn’t great for the first few years and there were times I wanted to give up especially being dyslexic and going to college on day release for five years, however I stuck with it and there is no feeling like having your certificates at the end and that piece of paper telling you have achieved what you set out to do.