Redruth-based Armor Electrical is thrilled with just how well its experience with apprentices has worked out.
The electrical contractors has been working with apprentices since 2016, and currently has four working alongside five qualified electricians, four office staff and a sub-contractor.
Armor Electrical was founded by Directors Mark Barker and Dave Goudge and began operating in 2011, growing steadily until it blossomed into the business it is today.
Mark said: “We have been doing this job for quite some time and we want the company do grow through really positive customer service. The best way to do that is to find people who want to do the job, and who have the best attributes, which is why apprentices work really well for us. We can mould them into the very best fit for our company.”
Apprentices at Armor Electrical study with training provider Cornwall College alongside their practical training.
Mark added: “Having apprenticeships has worked really well for us, all the guys have been good, tidy, polite and pleasant. They are keen to learn and are mobile, fast and active. The job has become a lot stricter. If you are considering doing the job, you have got to want it – it’s not as easy as you think.
“I would completely recommend working with apprentices. It makes the team work really well together, the apprentices’ enthusiasm spurs us all on and they, in turn, learn from our qualified electricians.”
James Gay is an apprentice working at Armor Electrical. He is currently in the first year of his NVQ Level 3 Electrical apprenticeship.
He said: “It’s been going really well, I have been enjoying it. I was in the trade previously, and I took the step to go back to college and get the qualification I needed. It’s an ever-changing industry and I am a more mature apprentice. You don’t always get these opportunities in life and I decided this was the moment to do it.
“I would completely recommend an apprenticeship, if it’s something you are interested in. It’s a great way to learn and learning at college alongside the practical side is such a good mix.”