To find out more about some of our apprentices and learn how they chose their journey with NG Bailey please view the following profiles:

Building Services Engineering (BSE) apprentice - ChloƩ Hilleard

Tell us about your current role
I am currently working on a project at the University of Bath, looking at their new psychology building ’10 West’. Here I have experienced a variety of roles from contracting (looking at drawings, specifications and designs) to working alongside the Project engineers and assisting with designs and calculations.

I have been able to spend time on site working ‘on the tools’. This has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience and compare the physical installation with the designs and calculations I had previously worked on.

Why an apprenticeship?
Career advisers at school continuously pushed for everyone to apply to University but I was never particularly interested, especially due to the debt that you would acquire. By joining an apprenticeship scheme, NG Bailey covers the costs for me to get an education. Not only that but I am able to earn a wage at the same time. I am able to learn all the theory and technical information I need whilst I am at college and then use the knowledge in the work place. In addition to this, I am learning whilst I am at work and gaining experience in the industry.

What has been your highlight so far?
I love moving between different departments within the business and looking at all different aspects of a project. I have particularly enjoyed being able to work on a project in the early stages and then watch it develop into a complete design before being installed on site.

What advice would you give to our applicants?
Be prepared. Make sure you research the company and have a job understanding of the role you are applying for. Be sure to come to interviews prepared to answer questions about yourself as well as ask questions of your own. You may also be invited to group interviews, so make sure you use your initiative and stand out. Overall, ensure you are confident and enthusiastic. Good luck.

ChloeHilliard

Trainee engineer (former electrical apprentice) - Faye Pinder

Tell us about your current role
I am currently part of the delivery team working on the fit out of a £7m commercial project in Manchester. My day-to-day role sees me working on various tasks such as, inducting people onto site, ordering materials, delivering tool box talks, tracking the expended man hours on the project and managing sub-contractors. No two days are ever the same when working on a live site, which means I have to adapt to different circumstances quickly and have a strong character.

Why an apprenticeship?
When it came to leaving school and deciding what direction I wanted to go in, I didn’t have a clue where to start, so I started to explore other options. My dad told me about a female apprentice they had working at his company and was really encouraging me to consider this route. When it came to work experience I decided to take my dad up on his offer and spend my week at his work and speak to the female they had working for them at the time. After the first day I was sold and I knew that this was the route I wanted to take. What could be better than earning and learning at the same time!

What has been the highlight so far?
Receiving an award for electrician of the year in the B&ES North West training awards. It’s great to know that people out there recognise what you do and it brought me a real sense of achievement. It was an overwhelming experience to be presented with the award in front of some of my colleagues and peers.

What advice would you give to our applicants?
Embrace every opportunity that is presented to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are silly. NG Bailey has given me the best start to my career that I could ever have wished for and they are with you every step of the way.

FayePinder

Electrical apprentice - Joe Montgomery

Tell us about your current role
I have worked on a wide variety of projects across the North West gaining valuable and wide-ranging experience. I am currently a third year electrical apprentice working on the Soapworks in Salford – a new immigration office. My day-to-day duties consist of planning, setting out, erecting trunking and conduit, wiring, first fix and second fix and finally testing.

What attracted you to NG Bailey?
NG Bailey have a fantastic reputation within the industry for their apprenticeship scheme, with most senior managers having come through the scheme themselves. This, combined with the large volume of secured work ensures a broad range of experience to further my skills and development.

Why an apprenticeship?
I decided to follow the apprenticeship route because I knew on-the-job training whilst earning a decent wage would suit me better than pure academic training.

What has been the highlight so far?
Undoubtedly my highlight was being awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the NG Bailey annual apprentice conference, in my second year of apprenticeship. This was a real bonus because I really enjoy the day-to-day atmosphere and experience I gain working alongside some great colleagues.

JoeMontgomery

Heating and Ventilation (H&V) apprentice - Steve Kell

Tell us about your current role
I am a fourth year H&V apprentice currently working at the 10 West site at Bath University. 10 West will eventually be a psychology block for the university. My job is to install commercial heating, chilled, hot water and cold water pipework systems and services for new buildings. A typical day on site for me varies a lot - from connecting up industrial size boilers, to hanging and installing radiators, filling and testing systems or even working on chiller units.

Why an apprenticeship?
It was the perfect way for me to gain relevant experience and job specific skills working on site, and also getting an education learning the theory behind the work I do. And I get to do all of this whilst earning a wage – what a great opportunity! It is also a brilliant starting point to a career that is very job focused, unlike a lot of university courses, which can be confusing as to where they lead on to.

What has been the highlight so far?
The highlight so far was winning the third year ‘Heating & Ventilation Apprentice of the Year’ award at the annual NG Bailey apprentice conference. NG Bailey holds a conference each year where they let you know how the company is doing and what kind of work we have on, they also host a variety of team building exercises for the apprentices, which is really fun and they also hand out awards in each different apprentice category and year.

What advice would you give to our applicants?
Show that you are genuinely interested in the job role and that you are willing to work hard to achieve your potential. If you can show that you are enthusiastic about the opportunity and committed, these are great qualities to have as an apprentice and your employer will notice that. It’s a good idea to learn a bit about the company as well, like some of their previous work. I think the best quality for an apprentice is a desire to learn.  

SteveKell

Heating and Ventilation (H&V) apprentice - Basit Ali

Tell us about your current role
I am working as a third year mechanical apprentice on a new library at the University of Birmingham. My daily duties vary from cutting clips and brackets to soldering pipework together. As a third year, I am given more responsibility, working on individual tasks.

What attracted you to NG Bailey?
NG Bailey has a great apprenticeship scheme, which is closely followed by the management who make sure you are performing to high standards. Also, there are great opportunities to progress through the company. You see a lot of the managers and engineers who have gone through the exact same route as we are taking now, so it’s good to see that we could be there one day. 

Why an apprenticeship?
It gives me the opportunity to gain hands on experience, as well as learning the theory. Going to university is good, but doesn’t give you job experience. Doing an apprenticeship means I get to earn a good wage, avoiding the option of university debts.

What has been the highlight so far?
It has to be the apprenticeship conference in September 2015. It was a 2 day event where we got to meet different members of the management team and learn more about the business and future prospects. The second day was a group activity where we did the ‘Go Ape’ challenge and mountain biking, it was a good chance to meet and get to know other apprentices and everyone enjoyed it.

What advice would you give to our applicants? 
Just be yourself - work hard and don’t ever give up. If you don’t get in this time try again. It shows you are dedicated and enthusiastic. Good luck!

BasitAli

Building Services Engineering (BSE) design apprentice - William Windsor

Tell us about your current role
My role as a BSE design apprentice involves working within the design team on a range of projects. I am currently working on a project in Scotland – a four-storey office block – where I am responsible for creating computer models of the rooms and calculating the lighting requirements. Previously I have worked on designs involving data cables, containment and the placement of emergency lighting and sign services.

What attracted you to NG Bailey?
NG Bailey is highly respected for both the work it carries out and for the way it has trained its apprentices over the years, delivering a highly valued qualification alongside excellent practical experience within engineering. Also the values that it holds as a company for integrity, passion and excellence to me separated NG Bailey from the pack and highlighted it as a company I could see myself working for. 

Why an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship after first trying university but unfortunately the style of learning university offers wasn’t for me. I believe I learn better in a more hands on environment such as offered within an apprenticeship.

What advice would you give to our applicants?
My advice would be to apply, it is such a fantastic opportunity which I am excited to be a part of and I would immediately recommend it to any potential applicants. 

WilliamWindsor

Apprentice quantity surveyor - Angeliqua Saadati

Tell us about your current role
Currently I am working on the largest property estate in London and no two days are ever the same! My first six months have involved working on site with the client and either supporting the engineers on the tools, or working with the current quantity surveyor by assisting with pricing strategies and other commercial work.

What attracted you to NG Bailey?
The thing that attracted me most was the passion the company has in hiring apprentices. A lot of the leadership team have come from a similar background either by doing apprenticeships or coming from trade roles in which NG Bailey has given them the opportunity to progress and continuously train to retain the best people in the industry.

Why an apprenticeship?
I feel gaining on the job experience is more valuable, especially for a role in the construction industry. However I also have the academic balance of working towards not only one, but three qualifications - BTECH, HND and an NVQ.

What has been the highlight so far?
My highlight is being placed on a project that I personally find intriguing as I have a keen interest in the property industry. Within my first six months at NG Bailey we have taken part in various team building days where I got to meet other apprentices from different trades. Also the Induction day was extremely interactive and enjoyable.

AngeliquaS