My apprenticeship journey | Luke's story

How I got an apprenticeship at Progress Housing Group

I started my apprenticeship with Progress Housing Group in 2015. But before applying for the electrician apprenticeship at the Group, I had studied electrical studies for two years at Preston's College in Fulwood, Preston, and had learned the basics of electrical systems.

After I had completed my two-year college course, I knew 'Electrician' was a job title I could get used to, as I had really enjoyed all aspects of electrical training throughout college.

A few weeks after leaving college, and not really being sure about what my next steps were to becoming a fully-qualified electrician, I received a letter from Progress Housing Group. As part of their commitment to offering opportunities to tenants and their families, they were asking to hear from suitable applicants for the job role of an Electrician Apprenticeship.

After completing my application, I waited with my fingers crossed and luckily I received another letter saying that I had been selected to attend the interview phase!

After undertaking the formal interview at the Group's offices on Centurian Way in Leyland, if I can recall correctly, the next day I received a phone call notifying me that I would be an amazing fit for the company and asking if I would like to accept the job!

My apprenticeship 'journey' at Progress Housing Group

Attending my first day at the Group, I was supplied with my Progress Housing Group uniform, and the correct PPE and tools in order to complete my jobs. I was shadowing and helping other qualified electricians on day to day jobs, voids and other electrical jobs to further my knowledge and become the qualified electrician I was destined to be.

After working for a few weeks at the Group I was instructed by my training providers (JTL) that I would be attending college in block release which would be for six weeks at work and then two weeks at Preston's College. At the Group, I was provided with the correct support and training needed to make sure that I was able to pass all of my exams and any obstacles that got in the way, I did this for the first half of my apprenticeship. 

For the second part of my apprenticeship, I had to complete a full portfolio which involved me proving that I was capable of doing all the wiring systems, installations and testing procedures whilst providing proof and photo evidence of myself physically doing the jobs.

This was a fairly straight-forward but also quite a knowledge-testing part of my apprenticeship! I had one year to provide all the information needed to complete my portfolio.

The final exam...

My final exam came after this and I needed to complete it in order to complete my apprenticeship and achieve my NVQ Level 2.

I had to travel to Leeds to complete my AM2 exam which was held over a course of three days. Progress Housing Group provided me with excellent accommodation and a peaceful place to stay!

Once my AM2 was completed, I was so pleased to find out that I had passed and that I had now successfully finished my four-year apprenticeship, which had been an absolutely amazing experience!

Progress Housing Group then offered me a job in a newly-qualified 'improver' electrician role for a further 12 months.

This year, which I am now coming to the end of, has been a case of expanding my knowledge, and gaining even more communication skills and confidence in order to become a competent qualified electrician.

I have received fantastic help from my manager Carl Chapman, my team leader Tony Griffiths and all of the electricians and qualified tradesmen working at Progress Housing Group and am excited for the future!


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