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Training up new apprentices is vital to the future success of the company, which is one of the reasons that Liam Wheeler was taken on at AES in November 2013.

Now more than half way through the first year of his four-year apprenticeship, he has alternated two three-week blocks and two two-week blocks studying at college with on-the-job training under the wings of qualified AES staff.

“I go out on site with senior electricians and help out where I’m needed,” he explains. “ It’s important to have listening and communication skills as it’s all about watching and learning.”

Having taken four sets of exams since November and passed all of them first time around, he has made good inroads into achieving his NVQ3 at the end of the apprenticeship.

“It’s challenging when I have to do something I haven’t done before but it’s important to pick up new skills,” Liam says. “And when I get things right, it’s rewarding to get feedback from the other electricians. Customers are usually friendly; they will come up and ask about my studies.”

The benefit of studying at college while getting hands-on experience out on jobs has not been lost on Liam. “If I’m working with senior electricians and there is something I haven’t fully understood, I can also ask the tutors at college if I want to find out more.”

As Liam began his apprenticeship at the start of winter, it’s no surprise that he lists good weather as something that would make the job easier. But overall he’s very happy with what he’s doing and pleased that he made the decision to take up a career in electrical engineering, rather than his second choice of going into the army.

Meanwhile, in his spare time, he enjoys playing football for a local Wakefield team and going to the gym.

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