Contrasting views of electrical careers highlighted in new podcast

Contrasting views of electrical careers highlighted in new podcast

An experienced lecturer and an up-and-coming learner from the same college have both talked frankly about the challenges and rewards of apprenticeships in the latest podcast from the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and trade association SELECT.

Andy Mackintosh and apprentice Ryan Murray from UHI Inverness discuss the respective ends of their electrical journeys in the fourth episode of the popular Sparks’ Remarks series.

In the first half of the podcast, Andy discusses the changes he’s seen after being at the heart of the student journey for 15 years – and says that while teaching methods may have evolved, the end result is still just as rewarding.

In the second half, Ryan – a second year apprentice employed by ANM Electrical in Inverness and currently training under Andy – tells the podcast how he initially studied as a panel beater, but soon realised his future prospects lay in the electrical sector.

The 24-year-old reveals, “It was something I always fancied doing. I have quite a few friends who were in the trade already, so from hearing their stories and how they were getting on at work, it just seemed like a fit for what I wanted to do in my life. I’m loving it.”

Like the previous episodes, the new podcast is aimed at existing and would-be apprentices and their employers, and is hosted by journalist Kim McAllister and Barrie McKay, Training and Development Manager at SECTT.

The first three episodes of Sparks’ Remarks feature apprentices at all stages of their training who are now looking forward to a challenging career both at home and further afield.

Fiona Harper, CEO-designate of SECTT, which manages high-quality training on behalf of the Scottish Joint Industry Board(SJIB), says, “This latest podcast looks at the process from the standpoint of the teacher and the student and has some revealing insights into what makes apprenticeships so valuable as a learning experience.”

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