I’m in the final year of a three-year Modern Apprenticeship, working for TS-UK, a company based in Cumbernauld, which specialises in installing and servicing locking and security systems powered by electronics.
I can honestly say becoming a Modern Apprentice has been a life-changer. It’s massively helped me – not just in my career but in my whole life.
When I first started I was shy but now I’m more confident, I’ve made new friends – and I’ve had great support to prepare me for the life of a technician.
I always wanted to be an apprentice at something. I was always interested in how things work and then I got school work experience doing electronics, which I just love.
I spend Thursdays at New College Lanarkshire where I’ve learned a lot. We studied everything from the installation and maintenance of security systems to how they are designed.
Learning about customer care and health and safety have also been important parts of the course.
It’s a lot of hard work. My course training is in three parts – the Modern Apprenticeship itself and studying for a Professional Development Award and a Scottish Vocational Qualification.
I’ve set myself a study schedule so I don’t go out at the weekends but the way I look at it it’s only three years – and three years which are going to help me massively, so it’s worth the sacrifice.
The College lecturers have been incredible – they’re really knowledgeable and ready to help any time. If it wasn’t for the College, I don’t believe I’d be where I am now.
As an apprentice you’re on site as well as at college. I’m able to put whatever I’m learning at college into practice at work, which benefits the company, too. My bosses have been amazing – they are so encouraging and want me to learn and bring in my ideas.
I’m now at the stage where I can go out and do full jobs. I’ve already installed a door swipe card system and a CCTV automatic number plate recognition system.
It’s an amazing feeling to commission a job and see it working.
I would recommend being a Modern Apprentice 100 percent. In fact, I persuaded my younger brother to give up a sports leadership course and to do the same apprenticeship – and he’s now working with the same company as me! He’s really enjoying it and he’s really good – better than me!
My feelings are that anyone can achieve anything if they apply themselves. That’s what my mum and dad said to me and I’ve always lived my life by it.