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February 9 2023
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve been catching up with some of our apprentices including Level 2 Rail Engineering Operative - Joshua George to learn more about his day-to-day life as an apprentice!
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What led you to apply for an apprenticeship?
I have always been interested in working in and around the tracks but found it hard to get into the railway industry through other routes. I found out about the McGinley Apprentice route and loved it, getting to earn and learn was the best of both worlds.
What advice would you give to someone looking to do an apprenticeship in the construction industry?
Be prepared, it can be a shock at first, with long hours and hard work but you will adjust and adapt to it and actually really enjoy it. Take training seriously and make sure you revise before all your exams. It’s as much about the theory side as the physical side.
What are your highlights so far?
How has McGinley supported you during your apprenticeship?
McGinley has supported me throughout my entire apprenticeship, from the moment I applied, keeping me informed and on track (figuratively and literally). They have a great review process so if something is flagged, we look to improve it together.
What do you hope to do after your apprenticeship/what are your future career goals?
I want to stay with McGinley and be on track. Having recently been promoted to Team Leader I intend to build on this and gain new skills and qualifications such as OLEC 1, 2, 3 and eventually 4!