We had a chat with Joseph Hawksley, the Learner of the Month for March!
The SPARKS Learner of the Month award celebrates students and apprentices who are passionate about the future of the electrical industry, going above and beyond in their apprenticeships to set the standards of the industry.
The award recognises the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
Joseph was nominated by his lecturer at Loughborough College, Will Gibbs, and was chosen as the Learner of the Month after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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Such a difficult decision this month! We have looked at our shortlisted #SPARKSLOTM nominees' submissions and read all your comments and have chosen our winner… Congratulations @joe_hawksley @lborocollege, you're this month's winner! You've won a £100 @Lucecoplc bundle 🙌 Massive congratulations to all our nominees, reading all the comments about you was amazing! Remember, you can nominate your learner or apprentice for the next award now – DM us for info!
The award was sponsored by Luceco, who sent Joseph a £100 bundle.
Our runners-up were James Higgins from Warrington & Vale Royal College, Tommy Currell from MV Electrical Engineers and Shaun Mizen from Cardiff & Vale College.
Joseph, 19, was nominated for the following reason: “Joe showed unbelievable commitment to help some learners within the group that have been struggling with the theory work and took on the role of a mentor without any guidance or encouragement from tutors to do so.
“Since starting teaching I have never seen anything like this and it makes me proud that he is one of my learners.”
SPARKS Magazine: Congratulations Joseph! How does it feel to be the SPARKS Learner of the Month?
JH: Really proud – I’ve also earned the title of ‘living legend’ from my tutor Will!
SPARKS: How long have you been in the industry? What made you want to get into the industry?
JH: I’ve been studying Electrical Installation for about two years (studying Level 3) and during this time I have also helped to do a range of electrical jobs but I’m currently looking for an apprenticeship. I have always enjoyed Physics, but wanted to develop my career in a practical way rather than go to university.
SPARKS: What do you love most about it?
JH: I really enjoy the challenge of problem-solving and the variety of different jobs. Also, the fact that you can learn something new every day.
SPARKS: What would you like to achieve in your career?
JH: My main aim is to get fully qualified. I would like to gain as much experience as possible in the field and eventually have my own business.
SPARKS: What inspires you the most?
JH: Achieving and working hard.
SPARKS: What’s your favourite social media platform?
SPARKS: What’s your favourite job to do?
JH: Even though it’s one of the messiest jobs – chasing out walls.
SPARKS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
JH: ‘Nothing worth having comes easily’.