National Apprenticeship Week 2017
#NAW2017 is all about recognising apprenticeships as a ladder of opportunity to a brighter future.
Four of our current and former apprentices shared their experience of being part of the apprenticeship scheme at Bouygues Energies & Services. Find out what they had to say below.
Kieran Herron, M&E Apprentice at SOAS, 1st year
Kieron is new to his apprenticeship, but not new to Bouygues Energies & Services. With the end of his school years in sight, he wasn’t sure about what to do next or where his career would take him, until he did a two-week work experience placement with us back in June 2015. He enjoyed it so much he carried on working one day a week for the next 12 months, getting to know the trade and the team at the Cabinet Office, and then decided to apply for an apprenticeship with us. Speaking about his apprenticeship he said, “From work experience I got a good understanding of the role and what it entailed, it’s always good to have experience that I can apply in my role as an apprentice.”
Shannon Murray, Business Administrator at CMH, permanent role
Shannon spent one year with us doing a Business Administration Apprenticeship before she secured her permanent role as an Administrator. She spent her first 12 months learning the basics, getting to grips with FM contracts and taking every opportunity to make connections with new people. An apprenticeship is a great way to learn new skills, but also gain exposure to a work environment while getting support for a recognised qualification. Shannon said the most important thing she found out is that, “perseverance is key!” even when things seem tough.
Jack Cogley, Electrician at UAL, permanent role
Jack recently moved into a permanent role following four years of hard work as an Electrical Engineering apprentice. He worked across many different sites, from the Home Office to King’s College London, but has now settled at University of the Arts London where he can put all the skills and knowledge he learned during his apprenticeship to good use. Jack’s advice to anyone thinking of starting a Bouygues Energies & Services apprenticeship? “It’s a great opportunity to learn a skill that is with you for life. Never say no to anyone who is willing to help you learn and improve. It’s worth the wait and hard work, most importantly enjoy what you are doing.”
Kingsley Fixon, Facilities Maintenance Manager in Bouygues Energies & Services Canada, permanent role.
Kingsley started his apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering working between West Middlesex and Central Middlesex Hospitals for four years.
Following that, his career in FM really took off. He moved onto the Bouygues Energies & Services Management Programme and worked his way up from M&E Technician to Maintenance Manager and now works across the globe at BYES Canada. When asked about his apprenticeship he said, “It enabled me to grow in all aspects of development, not just as an engineer but life skills. These skills you can take and use all around the world.” Kingsley is keen to get involved to support more apprentices and would love to establish an apprenticeship programme in Canada, similar to what we have here in the UK. Watch this space!