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Nikesh Tosar

Electrician

After an unrewarding spell working in retail and a false career start studying computer science at university Nikesh Tosar found himself helping to run the family dry cleaning business when his father was recovering from an operation.

Although happy to help his dad, Nikesh knew this wasn’t a long-term career for him and in between serving customers he came up with a plan to retrain as an electrician. Demonstrating the excellent work ethic shown throughout his apprenticeship Nikesh completed his Level 3 in electrical installation at Carshalton College part-time each Saturday, while working in the family business during the week.

“It was my dad who spotted the opportunity to become an electrical apprentice at Clarkson Evans in Milton Keynes and even though it was more than 90 miles from where I was living at the time he encouraged me to apply.

“I attended the branch open day to find out more about the company and decided it was too good an opportunity to miss so my wife Neetu and I made the life-changing decision to relocate to Milton Keynes.

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“We’ve really settled into Milton Keynes and love living here. We’ve already bought our own home, which would have been a challenge if we’d stayed in Croydon.

“As I came to Clarkson Evans with some electrical training under my belt it’s taken me no time at all to complete my apprenticeship – I only had a few more exams to sit and I passed them all first time. 

“My assessor and team leader have been there to help along the way and I’ve not been afraid to ask for help when I’ve needed it. In the last few months of my training I’ve been trusted to work independently, deputising for my team leader while he was on holiday.

“I’m already helping to mentor the next generation of apprentices and have proactively been working with a group of new recruits to help them settle into their new roles. As the first apprentice in my family I’ve been encouraging other family members to follow in my footsteps and my nephew has just started on an apprenticeship scheme,” said Nikesh.

Now Nikesh has qualified and become a team leader he hopes to progress through the company and become a senior site supervisor – with his first class-class communication and technical skills we don’t expect it will be too long before Nikesh achieves his dream.

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