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Apprentice proves he’s a bright spark

6 March 2017 - Latest news

An apprentice electrician at a local housing group has a bright future ahead of him after passing an important trade exam.

Jake Dowson, 18, of Ferryhill is an apprentice with believe housing’s repairs and improvements division, Group Property Services.

And Jake is one of a select few in his electrical installation class at New College Durham to pass an exam on the 17th edition of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Wiring Regulations.

Jake said: “Anyone working as an electrician or in a related trade has to have up-to-date knowledge of the regulations.

“Passing the 17th edition exam proves that you have an overall understanding of how to use the regulations book.

“The people in my class who put their heads down and got stuck in were the ones who passed, proving that it pays to do your revision.

“Now I want to become fully qualified and then hopefully I can go on to do inspection testing and maybe a HNC.

“My apprenticeship has taught me lifelong skills that I won’t forget, thanks to watching how experienced people work and then starting to do things myself.”

Group Property Services’ Electrical Supervisor, Neil Graham, said: “Jake has proven himself to be hardworking, quick to learn and keen to take on new challenges, which has enabled him to be able to pass his 17th edition with flying colours. “

Monday, 6 to Friday, 10 March is National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to encourage more people to investigate these schemes as a career option.

Photo above: believe housing’s apprentice electrician Jake Dowson at work.

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