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VIDEO: Apprentice Diary Episode 3


SPARKS has teamed up with the Electrician’s Guide to Everything podcast to bring you the video diary of electrical apprentice Vicky Frisby.


Here’s Episode 3, in which Vicky Frisby talks us through the jobs she’s been working on recently.



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SPARKS has teamed up with @egtepodcast podcast to bring you the video diary of electrical apprentice @vfrisby_spark. Here’s Vicky’s third diary, where she talks us through one of the jobs she’s been working on. #electricalapprentices #apprentices #electrician #electrical #egte

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Meet the apprentice


Vicky, 30, lives in Stockport and is studying in Ashton under Lyne at Beau Associates, which is a JTL registered private training provider. She is working for AC Electrical based in Bredbury, Stockport.


She used to be a French and German teacher having lived in France for four-and-a-half years before deciding to move back to the UK to go to university.


You can also hear Vicky talking to Ricky and Sam in the first episode of the Electrician’s Guide to Everything‘s Apprentice Series, below.



How mature apprentices can benefit your business


Most people typically associate apprenticeships with young people who have just left school or college. However, there are an increasing number of mature apprentices – those aged 25 or over – ready to bring their experience and enthusiasm to your business. These are JTL’s top reasons to take on a mature apprentice.


Highly motivated


A common misconception about mature apprentices is that they won’t have the same drive or determination as a school-leaver who has just started to climb the career ladder. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many mature apprentices already have significant experience in the workplace and their reasons for undertaking work-based learning can vary. While a young person may choose an apprenticeship to kick-start their career, someone in their mid-twenties could be keen to reach the next level of their career. An apprentice in their thirties, forties or even fifties could be looking to diversify their skillset and access a broader range of opportunities.


Addressing skills gaps


It’s no secret that the UK is currently experiencing a skills shortage, with 91% of organisations struggling to find workers with the right abilities over a 12-month period. Hiring mature apprentices could be one way to combat this. Through on-the-job training and professional qualifications, apprentices of all ages can address particular skills gaps your company is facing, while providing more resource to overstretched teams.


A wealth of skills and experience


Mature apprentices can bring so much to your company – from previous experience in the workplace to strong social, communication and management skills. They will also have developed key soft skills relating to organisation, time management and understanding how to deal with stressful situations. With these qualities, mature apprentices can help contribute to a learning-focused culture and aid the personal development of younger members of staff or apprentices who are starting out in their career.


Staff loyalty


Providing quality training to apprentices, young and old, can bring clear staff retention benefits. Apprenticeships offer a learning-focused culture and as a result, staff typically feel loyal to employers who have invested in their training. This leads to them being more committed to the company and supportive of its business objectives, while helping to reduce your long-term recruitment costs.


Contributions to company culture


Employing apprentices is a great way to encourage a collaborative working environment that benefits people of all ages. With confidence, resilience and a mature attitude, they can mentor and support more junior members of staff, while developing their interpersonal skills at the same time.


Find out more about JTL’s range of apprenticeships and how to apply.



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