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Principal Becomes Electrician’s Apprentice for NAW2015


Principal Back to Floor w Emma Shelvey JKS Electrical3

On Wednesday 11th March, Stuart Wesselby, Principal for Tresham went ‘back to the floor’ and shadowed an apprentice to highlight National Apprenticeship Week 2015 and the benefits of studying an apprenticeship. Stuart met with apprentice Emma Shelvey and her employer JKS Electrical to talk about her experience and how it provides a way of learning that is ideal for her career.

Stuart started his working life as an Electrician’s Apprentice after finishing school before going to university and pursuing a career in education.

Emma, 20, is now three years into her Level 3 Apprenticeship with Tresham’s Evolve Business Training after finishing school and deciding she wanted to pursue her first ambition to become an electrician following in her father’s footsteps.

John Shelvey, Owner of JKS Electrical has been training apprentices for nearly 20 years and believes that taking on an apprentice is a commitment which is a great return in investment with the majority of his apprentices staying in employment with him for some time after completing their qualifications.

Emma said:

“I’m close to becoming qualified and I get to work with everyone so I can get the experience I need which is better than having to study in the classroom as I get to put what I learn in to practice straight away. I am already being given my own jobs to complete PAT testing and do additional electrical maintenance with a number of businesses we work with on their request.

I’d definitely recommend becoming an apprentice and am glad I became one.”

John Shelvey, Owner of JKS Electrical said:

“Tresham has been really helpful to recruit and appoint a number of apprentices with me by offering all the help I needed and offering an insight into their personalities which is important so they can fit in to the team.

As Emma is my daughter, I wasn’t sure whether this would be the right route for her working with me, but ever since she started I’ve been convinced it is right and she is able to help with specific jobs that others have more trouble with.”

Stuart Wesselby, Principal at Tresham said:

“It was great to meet John and Emma this morning and take the step back to the floor where I began my working life as an electrician. Apprenticeships are often a forgotten option after people finish their GCSEs but we are seeing more and more young people coming to us to earn whilst they learn.

Apprenticeships at Tresham are growing each year and last year we saw nearly 1500 people begin an apprenticeship in a variety of sectors which is excellent news for us and the local economy as we train the workforce of the future.”

For more information about apprenticeships at Tresham as both an apprentice or employing an apprentice please visit  or call the Evolve Business Training team on 01536 419570.

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