We had a chat with Charlotte Muir, the first ever SPARKS Apprentice of the Month!
The SPARKS Apprentice 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.
SPARKS has launched the award to recognise the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
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It's time to announce the first ever winner of the SPARKS Apprentice of the Month award! All of Charlotte, Lewis and Jamie's stories really impressed both us and Schneider, but Charlotte has won the award and will receive a £450 Beats and Consumer Unit bundle from @SchneiderElectric! Massive congratulations Charlotte! There's still time to nominate your student or apprentice for the October award sponsored by @dewalttoolsuk – head to our website to find out how! #SPARKSAOTM
Charlotte was nominated by her employer, Pimlico Plumbers, and was chosen as the first ever Apprentice of the Month after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Charlotte even managed to get Big Narstie to back her!
The award was sponsored by Schneider Electric, who sent Charlotte a £450 Beats by Dre and Consumer Unit bundle.
Our runners-up were Lewis Pearce from Warrington & Vale Royal College and Jamie Williams from Arrow & Son Ltd, Surrey.
Charlotte, 27, was nominated for the following reason: “Since joining us in 2017 Charlotte has won our Apprentice of the Month twice, creating great relationships with our electricians. She is often asked to go out and work with others (not just with electrical engineers!)
“Due to her own hard work and dedication she is on track to complete her apprenticeship early. Charlotte has had the most customer reviews as an electrical apprentice the business has seen.
“The level of work she is completing is to a higher standard that is on par with our fully qualified engineers. She’s always willing to go the extra mile with customers and putting in extra hours – Charlotte is truly deserving of this award!”
SPARKS Magazine: Congratulations Charlotte! How does it feel to be the first ever SPARKS Apprentice of the Month?
Charlotte Muir: It’s overwhelming really, and it’s nice to be noticed for hard work as I’ve done nothing but grind through my apprenticeship! I have a really good team at Pimlico and great family and friends around me so I’m excited about the future.
SPARKS: How long have you been in the industry?
CM: For four years, I’ve nearly completed my Level 3.
SPARKS: Have you always worked at Pimlico Plumbers?
CM: I started with a company who subcontracts with different councils. I have been with Pimlico for two years ago now and it was the best change I could have made!
SPARKS: What made you want to get into the industry?
CM: I wanted to change what I was doing. I started electrics quite late as I didn’t know what I wanted to do – my partner is a carpenter and she said to try a trade. As my cousin is an electrician, he said to try that as it’s well paid, so while working in retail I took a one-year course and never looked back. As soon as I completed that I looked for an apprenticeship as this is what I want to do.
SPARKS: What do you love most about it?
CM: I love the aspect of going into a different job every day, meeting different people and trying to figure out the issue. Some jobs are challenging but the reward at the end makes it all worth it. I have had the best training up to now and it shows in my work. I will look to carry on the high standard.
SPARKS: What is your day-to-day role?
CM: My day-to-day is going with an engineer who needs assistance or an extra pair of hands to get the job done efficiently, as I’m nearly qualified I can help a lot more! It’s nice to be in this position as I will have tasks to complete on my own, which makes me even more confident.
SPARKS: What would you like to achieve in your career?
CM: My main goal is to have my own business with my partner and join together as we both have a trade and are both females in the industry – I think there is a market for this! But first, my aim is to get qualified and get my testing and inspecting done.
SPARKS: What inspires you the most?
CM: Winning, I love to try and do everything to the best I can and if I can’t do that, I want to know how I can improve! I am only getting better so all my hard work is going to start to paying off really soon
SPARKS: What’s your favourite social media platform?
CM: Instagram or Facebook.
SPARKS: What’s your favourite job to do?
CM: I love to install work, especially consumer units as I think I’m quite good at them but in general, I don’t mind what I do as long as it’s done to a high standard.
SPARKS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
CM: Always work hard and be patient as it all comes in time!