Leicester College apprentice, Stuart Wiles, recently talked about his experience of studying during the pandemic, as well as what it’s like to change careers and become a mature student.
As part of National Apprentice Week back in February (8 -12 February 2021), Stuart took part in a discussion with electrical accessory provider, the Scolmore Group, on its YouTube channel, SGTV, alongside Leicester College’s Neil McManus and fellow student, George Kenyon.
Prior to beginning his apprenticeship, Stuart was a licensee, working in the pub and beer industry for 22 years. Wanting to make a move into the construction industry, he started out on a multi-trade apprenticeship. Then in 2018, he was offered an electrical apprenticeship by Leicester City Council on the College’s Maintenance Operations course, at the end of which, Stuart will become a fully qualified electrician.
Making the switch to ‘full-time student’ was a no-brainer for Stuart. The move has afforded him the opportunity to not only take on a new challenge, but the chance for a comfortable and successful future that has left him feeling positive about what lies ahead.
During his studies, Stuart has showed great promise and dedication, even becoming a student ambassador for the course, for which he was rewarded with tools from CK Tools. CK Tools has sponsored Leicester College since 2003, providing tools and equipment to the construction course and regularly donating prizes and awards for students.
Stuart said: “I was very lucky to be offered the electrical apprenticeship by Leicester City Council and whilst it has been a challenging learning experience, it has been a rewarding one. The tutors at Leicester College have provided some fantastic teaching, both practical and theory, and have given me a foundation for a career in the industry. As a mature student the finances took a bit of a hit, but it will be worth it when I get my qualification.”
Construction T-Level Programme Area Manager, Neil McManus added: “Stuart was an excellent student and a really supportive student representative. He mentored other people and achieved good results. He’ll do really well and has the right approach to progress into management.”