The highs and the lows..

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As you know, this year I finally finished my apprenticeship. Time passed so fast but I have good memories and I think one of my biggest achievements was to be nominated (and then win!) the Metro Apprentice of the Year award.. I can remember being interviewed by a journalist, and then a metro photographer came down to site and took some photos of me doing a normal day-to-day task. Actually waking up to see my photo inside of every Metro newspaper around London was an incredible feeling. It was amazing and even now people recognise me.

Jone - Metro Apprentice of the Year cut out

Winning the award has made me appreciate my apprenticeship with K10. When I started my apprenticeship I didn’t have Maths and English GCSEs, which stopped me from progressing. I missed out on many opportunities. But after completing the apprenticeship I was able retake my functional skills exams and now I have both the qualifications and work-experience needed for the rest of my life to progress and achieve all my goals. Winning an award is great, but it’s the hard work and determination underneath it all that really counts.

For example, I remember a time when I was very frustrated at work. I never forget the day I fitted my first soil pipe from the ground floor to the fifth floor using elbows and soil access coupling.

I felt like I really accomplished something when it was finished… but, unfortunately, there was an unexpected problem when I air-tested it. It was leaking, and it wasn’t immediately clear where from. It took me a very long time to figure it out with the help of my supervisor. Eventually, I had to separate the pipes to find the leak by testing one floor at a time using air bags. It was a very stressful day, but I’m better for it – I now know this testing technique, which has improved my overall process of fitting pipes.

It just goes to show that even if times are difficult and tense, and there are unexpected challenges ahead, hard work and persistence can lead you to overcome these and reach your goal. And, sometimes, if the right people are taking note, you can end up in the newspaper!

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Ryan Photo

Ryan Banks – Heathrow Shared Apprenticeship Scheme – Apprentice of the year 2019

Trade: Apprentice Electrician Qualification: Level 3 Electrical Installation Contractor: Balfour Beatty Project: Heathrow Airport “I’d like to thank Balfour Beatty for helping me achieve everything I have and helping me get to where I am today. I’d also like to thank Alfie and everyone who I work with on site. Also a big thanks to everyone from the […]

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Ali Award

Ali Said – Heathrow Shared Apprenticeship Scheme – Best College Apprentice 2019

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Manav Award

Manav Mahendru – Heathrow Shared Apprenticeship Scheme – Best Technical Apprentice 2019

Trade: Apprentice Business Administrator Qualification: Level 2 Business Administration Contractor: Wilson James Project: Heathrow Airport “Very honoured to have received this award, I would like to thank K10 and all the staff members for their support as well as Wilson James.“ Manav Mahendru, Administration Apprentice “Manav is a pleasure to work with and we are delighted to have […]

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Hannah Award

Hannah Montgomery – Heathrow Shared Apprenticeship Scheme -Best Trade Apprentice 2019

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