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National Apprenticeship Week: What’s it like to be a BVT apprentice?

It’s National Apprenticeship Week (6th-12th Feb), an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy.

At BVT, we have four apprentices in our maintenance service – Selda, Angel, Josh and Ryan.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Josh Lowe (Apprentice Electrician) shares the best and most challenging things about being an apprentice and his advice for budding apprentices.

Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?

Before starting the apprenticeship, I worked a low end job with no chance of progression. Now that I’ve started an apprenticeship I can say I’m working towards a career I can be proud of and I can see that the harder I push myself the more I can see my progression advancing.

What attracted you to working at BVT?

I’ve always thought of the Bournville area as a very close-knit community where people look out for each other. So when I saw BVT offering an apprenticeship role, I immediately thought that’s a company that will take its time to train you up the right way and build up your knowledge and skills with patience and care.

What’s the best thing about being an apprentice at BVT?

The best part of training under BVT is knowing you’re around experienced people who know what they’re talking about and who care about your progression and will go to lengths to make sure you feel included and are involved in the process.

What’s the most challenging thing about being an apprentice at BVT?

The best part of training with BVT is also the most challenging aspect. Because you are around so many experienced people with so many skills you’re constantly reminded that you’re a little fish in a very big pond and that you have a very long way to go. However, this aspect serves as goal that you can always be working towards.

What advice would you give to someone looking to do an apprenticeship?

The advice I would give to future apprentices would be to take your time and be patient. It’s a slow process where you can’t run before you can walk. You need to build it up slowly over time.

To find out more about careers at BVT, please go to our Careers section.

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