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The Apprentice - Alpheus edition

Alexandra Johnson
November 9, 2023
3 minute read
Alpheus News

Josh Smith is in the fourth and final year of his Electrical and Mechanical Apprenticeship at Alpheus which will see him gain a Level 3 NVQ alongside practical work experience. We thought it was a great time to find out about his experience so far.

What led you to an Apprenticeship at Alpheus?

I had just finished an Electrical Installation course at college and was keen to gain a trade, as it suited my skills and an in-demand trade would give me good job security and prospects. It would also give me a good opportunity to learn more about myself.

One of the most attractive things about the Alpheus position, alongside the practical experience, was that I would be part of a community of apprentices within the Anglian Water Group.  I was looking forward to making new friends and having others to share the journey with.

How does the apprenticeship work?

Year 1

This was a full year of college where we learnt the basics that would be required when were in our placement positions. I really enjoyed getting to know the other apprentices and, from the start, we have kept in touch to support each other and share experiences.

Years 2, 3 and 4

Our placements started in the second year. We were timetabled to spend one week at college, followed by 3 works of work throughout the year. Unfortunately, this was the year of the COVID lockdown, so my opportunity to get out on placement was restricted. Fortunately, my brother also works for Anglian Water Group so we were able to adapt the placement to enable me to join him to gain practical experience – whilst still adhering to COVID rules.

The third and fourth years follow the same 1:3 week pattern of college and placement. Following the lockdown, I was able to work alongside two Alpheus Engineers on a number of sites. They are both very experienced and have been excellent coaches as well as allowing me plenty of opportunities to practice what I have learnt.

Over the last couple of years, my confidence has definitely increased the more time I have spent on-site and the more independent tasks I have taken on. I now have routine tasks I perform alongside new ones.

What have been the highlights of your experience?

It has been great to learn while I earn and I have valued the opportunity to learn from experienced Engineers. I’ve really enjoyed being part of a community of apprentices and part of the Anglian Water Group, as it has widened my knowledge and experience.  

What is next for you?

This year I will be working hard to get signed off on all my skills and complete my college work to enable me to qualify as a CAT 4 Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, after which I hope to go on to gain my CAT 3 qualification to further my capabilities.

What is your advice to new or prospective apprentices?

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at Alpheus or within any of the Anglian Water Group companies – as you have access to so much support, experience and opportunities. Plus a bonus piece of advice - once you start I would recommend you don’t procrastinate your NVQ work as it can be stressful if you leave it until the last minute!

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