National Apprenticeship Week 2023 - James Anderson
8th February 2023
Q - Who is your employer and what do they do?
I work for a company called Plumbing on Tap – we are part of the On Tap group and we undertake all aspects of property maintenance from plumbing to electrical work, to general handyman tasks
Q - Name, what year you’re in and what you’re doing?
I’m in my first year of a gas engineer apprenticeship
Q - Why did you apply for an apprenticeship?
I applied for the apprenticeship because I feel like it’s the best way to gain the necessary skills to become a gas engineer. Learning about the job from a book is all well and good, but without the hand on training in the real world, you won’t be prepared for what the job will throw at you!
Q - What has your experience with Steve Willis Training been like?
Steve Willis Training has been excellent – I honestly can’t fault it. My tutor is knowledgeable friendly and able to make the less exciting aspects of the course interesting, and all of the other staff have been excellent. I know I’m in good hands, and I know they care about the quality of my training and overall success
Q - What has been the best part of your apprenticeship so far?
My favourite part of the apprenticeship is being on site and working – I have really enjoyed learning new skills and putting the knowledge in to practice
Q - What new skills have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I have learned so many new things – I’m learning about how to design and install gas systems safely, how to make sure they comply with the regulations and how to maintain and repair them when things go wrong.
Q - Would you recommend an apprenticeship to others?
I would very much recommend apprenticeships to anyone who is looking into a career in the trade. I think it’s by far the best way to get yourself working and earning in the industry you’re looking to join.