Shane Newport of North Lambton is a qualified electrician with the GKT Group in Newcastle who has a bright future. Shane started out as an electrical trades assistant and progressed to an apprenticeship from there. As a fully qualified electrician, Shane knows the benefits of working in a trade, especially when it comes to job security.
As on of the growing number of mature age apprentices, we asked Shane to share his own story in the hope that it would inspire other young apprentices to keep going in their trade and maybe even encourage those who have not yet chosen a career path to think about what it take to succeed in today’s employment market.
Why did you enter in to this trade?
I became interested in the electrical trade from being a trades assistant. I enjoyed the challenge it gives you and the satisfaction of a completed job and a happy customer.
Did you interview for the position? If so, why do you think you were awarded the apprenticeship?
No I was offered an apprenticeship when I approached the boss of the flameproof electrical division tell him of my interest for an apprenticeship and I was looking at applying at other companies. He offered my an apprenticeship.
What has been the most challenging- or difficult – part of your apprenticeship?
Being a mature age apprentice and having not been at school for a few years getting back into studying was the hardest part. Moving from different industries has been challenging but rewarding too. I started on mining equipment and finished on commercial, industrial and residential.
How dangerous is your work? Were there risks associated with your apprenticeship? Do you have any near misses you want to tell us about?
Working with electricity there is always going to be risks as you cant see the electricity but as long as you a cautious and isolate the supply its fine.
I had a near miss at an establishment where I had popped a ceiling tile and a previous electrician or maintenance worker had left live cables exposed near the tile I had lifted.
What ambitions did you have when you finished your apprenticeship?
To continue to learn and become an all round electrician.
What do you hope to accomplish long term?
To progress either further within my current company.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
I enjoy when I have put a lot of effort into the job and the customer is really happy with the finished job.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering in to your trade?
Be keen and put the effort into your study and you will really enjoy the outcomes.