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Carl Lindsay 

Sub-team Leader, Exeter

According to the laws of physics, water and electricity don’t mix. But for former lifeguard Carl Lindsay the transition from poolside to
construction site was seamless.

“When I took the job as a lifeguard straight after school, I didn’t think I would still be there three years later! I became stuck in a role that I couldn’t progress in - but I was unsure of what to do next,” said Carl.

“My brother-in-law is an electrician and he told me all about his career. I was really interested in his role so he encouraged me to pursue a career in the electrical industry and that’s when I applied for college,” said the 25-year-old.

Carl enrolled on a year-long electrical course at South Devon College which he attended in the evenings after his shifts as a
lifeguard.

But the course alone would not be enough to allow him to qualify as an electrician, so Carl knew he would need an apprenticeship.

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“I was nearing the end of my course when I saw Clarkson Evans were recruiting for apprentice electricians. I had heard such great things about the company so I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by,” said Carl.

Four years after he started his apprenticeship, Carl is now a qualified electrician and a sub-team leader at Clarkson Evans’ Exeter branch.

“My apprenticeship has definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s great to see the daily progress on the houses we wire but I’ve also
noticed how much I’ve progressed too - the more experience I’ve gained the more confident I’ve become.”

“Aside from qualifying as an electrician, becoming a sub-team leader has been the highlight of my electrical career so far. It’s the first step in climbing up the ranks and I hope to become a team leader in the not so distant future,” said the former Torquay Community College student.

And Carl’s advice for budding apprentices: “Just do it, don’t hesitate. If you stick with an apprenticeship at Clarkson Evans you’ll have a long-term, worthwhile career.”

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