Name: Joshua Austin
Qualification: Level 3 Advanced Engineering Technician
Josh Austin Engineering Global Associates Apprentice

Joshua completed a Level 3 Advanced Engineering Technician apprenticeship with IPS and his employer Global Associates last year. Joshua achieved his apprenticeship, and he has also accomplished entry onto stage 2 of the BTEC Awards 2018 for “BTEC Apprentice of the year (19+) Joshua also qualified to enter the final of The British Controls Industry Association Awards, in the ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ category, the winner will be announced in May 2018.

Joshua’s story;

“Since I left school I completed an apprenticeship in Plumbing at College, but my career path wasn’t going in the direction I wanted, and I decided to make a change. I was then offered the opportunity of a BMS Electrical Apprenticeship by Global Associates, the company that I currently work for and I decided to go for it.

Originally, I was interested in a career within law, but due to my circumstances and becoming a parent at 16, I decided I wanted to qualify within a trade, as I wanted to start earning straight away. An apprenticeship was the best way for me to do this to gain qualifications whilst earning at the same time. I’m now very happy that this was the route I decided to take.

My apprenticeship has allowed me to build a good foundation for gaining electrical knowledge, as I had none before starting the apprenticeship. I enjoyed the aspect of coming into the workshop at IPS and being appropriately taught by experienced trainers. I also enjoyed that I could go out on site with my company and pick up new skills on the job and then utilise the skills I had learned in the workshop in a working environment. I think it really helped me to experience the mix of both learning styles. Through my apprenticeship, I also obtained functional skills qualifications in both Maths and ICT. I didn’t take ICT at school and it is a vital part of my job, we use computer diagnostics rather than actual tools and it was essential for me to achieve this. My tutor, Jim at IPS, supported me through my revision for both qualifications. I have recently come back to IPS to complete 17th edition Wiring Regulations Training, a City and Guilds Technical course.”

Joshua has recently been nominated for numerous awards due to his hard work, quality of work he delivers and for assisting other apprentices during the time he was on his course. A great achievement!

“I was recently nominated for the 2018 BTEC Awards by my IPS Tutor Jim and reached Stage 2 in the ‘BTEC Apprentice of the year (+19)’ category. I have also been nominated by Global Associates for the British Controls Industry Association Awards in the ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ where I have reached the final 3 and I will find out if I have won the award on the night of the awards event in May.

As well as helping the other apprentices on his apprenticeship, Joshua now mentors new apprentices at his work.

“My apprenticeship was a 4-year duration, after just 2 years I was trusted to go out on my own and I now look after certain sites. I also mentor the new apprentices at Global Associates and have an apprentice working with me 3 out of 5 days a week. I feel I am a good mentor, as I understand what they are experiencing and where they want to progress to.

I completed my apprenticeship at the end of last year and now work permanently with Global Associates as a BMS Service Engineer. I would like to progress within the company and my goal is to become a project manager in the future.

I would recommend apprenticeships to others, as it’s a way to build your knowledge and skill-set within the sector you want to develop a career, whilst also earning a wage and gaining qualifications.

IPS would like to congratulate Joshua; for his achievements and wish him all the best in his progression and dream of becoming a project manager. Good luck to Josh in the British Controls Associations Awards!

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