Apprentice profile: Adrian Hales

In National Apprenticeship Week, our electrical engineering apprentice, Adrian Hales, explains why he decided to learn a trade and what he's enjoying the most about his apprenticeship with REL.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

"I’m 35 and had already been to university but ended up in dead-end jobs that I didn’t particularly enjoy. I decided to do an apprenticeship as I felt it was the best way to learn a trade, especially as I hadn’t had much experience in construction or even DIY prior to starting my training."

What attracted you to electrical engineering?

"I have always enjoyed practical tasks, working things out, and working with other people to complete a job. Becoming an electrician seemed the most logical thing to do."

What attracted you to working for REL?

"I wanted to work for REL as they are a well-established company, and it would give me the opportunity to work on some big projects. Working with other apprentices and getting the support from other REL staff was another reason why I wanted to work for the company."

Can you describe a typical day?

"The great thing about learning to become an electrician is the work can be quite varied. One minute you are pulling cable, while the next you are working on containment."

What are you enjoying most about your apprenticeship?

"The most enjoyable aspect of the job is learning new skills and having the opportunity to work on a range of different jobs and projects. I’m learning from experienced people, and looking forward to becoming fully qualified."