We had a chat with Adam Dunlop, the Learner of the Month for October!
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.
SPARKS has launched the award to recognise the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
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Thank you to everyone who told us why @sam_burkee and @4adamdunlop5 should win the October #SPARKSAOTM award! After reading all your messages and looking at the nominees' submitted work, @dewalttoolsuk has decided that Adam wins this award! Massive congratulations Adam, you've won a kit worth £300! Don't forget, you can still nominate your learner or apprentice for November's award sponsored by @knipex_uk! #electricalapprentices #electricalstudents
Adam was nominated by his employer, Nick Bundy, and was chosen as the Learner of the Month after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The award was sponsored by DeWALT, who sent Adam a £300 18v XR Brushless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Kit..
Our runner-up was Sam Burke from Arrow & Son Ltd, Surrey.
Adam, 16, was nominated for the following reason: “Adam’s work ethic is amazing. He asks questions continuously and uses his initiative. I feel like I’ve won the lottery having him as an apprentice and look forward to his future in the company.”
SPARKS Magazine: Congratulations Adam! How does it feel to be the SPARKS Learner of the Month?
Adam Dunlop: It feels great! Thanks for allowing me the chance to win this.
SPARKS: How long have you been in the industry?
AD: For three or four months now. After I finished school, I started working with Nick from July for most days of the week during my six weeks off.
SPARKS: Have you always worked for Nick Bundy Electrical?
AD: Yeah I have always worked with Nick and I go to Stafford College studying Level 2 Electrical Installation, which I started in September.
SPARKS: What made you want to get into the industry?
AD: I got into the industry through Nick but it all started from Nick’s brother because my original plan was to go into computers. I did two weeks of works experience with him in the office, which I liked. However, I was still unsure of which career path to take after school so I asked Nick if I could do a day’s work during the school holidays in February. It made me realise I really enjoy the job of an electrician so I asked to work with Nick more and here I am today!
SPARKS: What do you love most about it?
AD: Travelling to new places that require different jobs – we could spend one day in a kitchen then we can be doing outside lights, or a variety of jobs.
SPARKS: What is your day-to-day role?
AD: It ultimately depends on the job – for example we were doing Nick’s brother’s kitchen and I stripped down old sockets, chased metal back boxes into the wall then chased out the wall for the capping that runs to the sockets.
SPARKS: What would you like to achieve in your career?
AD: At the minute I am still unsure as there are so many different jobs that involve an electrician. I really enjoy domestic work but I haven’t really tried commercial work yet.
SPARKS: What inspires you the most?
AD: Nick told me from the start how he got into the trade and become successful and after working with him, he teaches me everything from electrics to quotes and speaking to customers.
SPARKS: What’s your favourite social media platform?
SPARKS: What’s your favourite job to do?
AD: It’s got to be loading and unloading the van – and making a brew! 🤣
SPARKS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
AD: To take pride in your work.