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National Apprenticeship Week

The annual National Apprenticeship Week is now in its 17th year. It aims to showcase the positive impact of apprenticeships on communities and local businesses while also highlighting the benefits of completing an apprenticeship. By participating in apprenticeships, individuals can enhance their skills and knowledge in their chosen field, paving the way for a fulfilling career and helping employers to future-proof their businesses.

This year’s theme is ‘Skills for life’, focusing on how apprenticeships provide the skills and knowledge required to start or further a career while also creating a workforce with future-ready skills.

At S I Sealy we have a long and proud tradition of training our staff to become exceptional building services engineers and believe that working with Apprentices is a productive way to develop a fully qualified and skilled workforce.

To celebrate #NAW2024, we spoke with our Senior Electrical Engineer, Simon Ward, who is currently pursuing an HNC apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, to hear about his experience and why he chose an apprenticeship.

Simon Ward, Senior Electrical Engineer

What are you studying?

I am currently studying a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Building Services Engineering with a specialisation in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) at Salford College.

Why did you choose to take an apprenticeship?

Being an electrical engineer, I wanted to broaden my understanding of mechanical engineering and the building sector in general. Opting for an apprenticeship enables me to achieve this goal while simultaneously working.

What are the most valuable skills you’ve developed undertaking an apprenticeship?

I am gaining more knowledge on the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering, and this knowledge is enabling me to better understand and participate in in technical conversations with clients in my current position. I am becoming familiar with various techniques used in the mechanical aspect of building services, which I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.

What is the impact of your apprenticeship training, and how will this help you achieve your career goals?

My apprenticeship is enabling me to become an all-rounded engineer, not only developing my skills and knowledge in mechanical engineering design but learning about building services as a whole.

What is your plan once you have completed your apprenticeship training?

My next step is to complete my HNC course and continue my education by pursuing a degree apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering.

Any advice for people looking to do an apprenticeship in your field?

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn and grow without the expense of a full-time course, and many colleges offer courses that come with employer support.

Speaking to colleges is a good starting point to find out more about the courses. They can provide information about the courses and connect you with potential employers who are looking to support their employees in their learning and development.