To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this year, we hear from Harrison King on his experience so far on the Schneider Electric Apprenticeship Programme. He shares what attracted him to this career path and how Schneider Electric has contributed to his journey so far. #BuildTheFuture
How did you decide you wanted to do an Apprenticeship?
I’ve always wanted to do an apprenticeship, but once leaving college I found it hard to find one, due to already having my level 3 in engineering. This meant I couldn’t join a level 3 apprenticeship, so unfortunately I gave up. But once my little girl was born it gave me the motivation to start looking again. I ended up finding a level 6 apprenticeship with Schneider Electric. I took the chance and applied. Once I was accepted it turned my life around. I set myself goals, targets and with the help of Schneider I kept pushing myself to take any opportunity I was given.
What was it that attracted you to join Schneider Electric?
Before applying I never heard of Schneider Electric. So, I did my research and discovered that this is the company I want to work for. I have always had a massive interest in engineering and wanted to pursue a career within it. So, once I saw that a level 6 apprenticeship was being offered, I knew that this is the opportunity that could change my life.
It’s amazing to work for a company that makes me feel welcome and that I fit in.
What opportunities has the Apprenticeship provided you?
Since I’ve joined Schneider as an apprentice, I have taken part in everything I could. I’ve started doing my Duke of Edinburgh, joined the STEM program and all the takeover meetings, so I can learn about different parts of the company, I take part in coffee roulette which allows me to meet other people within the company and on top of that I’ve started doing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. I have also got to travel around the UK and meet new people. I have enjoyed every experience so far and I’m looking forward to many more.
Tell us how Schneider has supported you with creating a work life balance?
When I started my apprenticeship, I was worried that I wouldn’t have time to spend with my daughter and have much personal time to do my hobbies. But throughout the last through months I’ve watched her grow and still had time to relax.
Schneider has allowed me to keep a good routine and create a good work life balance.
What would you like to do when you finish your Engineering Apprenticeship?
Once I have finished my apprenticeship, my goal will be to become a Chartered Engineer. I also want keep learning so maybe one day I can study for a master’s degree. I will keep taking every opportunity I am given and actively look for more, as I know there is plenty.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about doing an Apprenticeship?
The advice I would give is that you should not put limitations on yourself. If you think something is too hard, you should still have a go. You might be surprised how it turns out. Trying new things in the best way to find out what you love. Also make sure you put 100% into everything you try, somethings may not require 100% but putting in the effort will take you far.
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About the Author
Harrison King is in his first year as a Schneider Electric Degree Technical Apprentice. He is working in the Digital Energy business and studying Control Technical Support Engineer (Level 6).
Whilst working on the job and towards his degree, he is a devoted father to his daughter Isla. He enjoys keeping fit, playing video games and going out and building things.