Leicester College launched a range of new T Level courses this year which consist of a two-year vocational qualification that are the same level as A Levels. The new courses cover: education and childcare, construction, digital, health and science, business, and engineering and manufacturing, and have been designed to set students on the path to their chosen career.
Louis Radford is part of the first cohort on the Construction T Level: Electrical Installation (Building Services Engineering Electrotechnical Engineering Specialism) course. He joined us to discuss his decision to take up the course, how he has fared thus far and offers some advice for others who intend to study electrical installation.
“I took it up because it has a placement, along with a practical component and the theory as well,” adding that his favourite aspect of learning at Leicester College was, “The practical side, definitely.”
When he was asked how he had fared so far he said: “Brilliant! I love the teachers, they’re very good. You can have a laugh with them but we also learn a lot as well.”
Louis has fully immersed himself in college life, having attended the recent Future Faradays event which he found to be informative and illuminating because it gave him a new perspective about the options that are available to him. “Although I focus on domestic work,” he said, “such as the work on houses, there are other ways to go in the future. Even if you don’t like something, halfway through you can change and go on to something completely different.”
Louis is now looking forward to starting his industrial placement with Lowe Electrical, a Leicester-based firm of electrical contractors which counts the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and De Montfort University among its clients. During his time on the placement, Louis will work on an employer-set-project which will further develop his skills and experience in a real life setting.
As for offering up some advice for anyone who is looking to take up the electrical installation T Level, he put it simply, “Do it.”