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 Samantha Green
Apprentice Electrician 

 

“When you’re in a job you’ve done for years it can feel pretty scary to give up what you know and retrain. My experience has taught me that it’s well worth the risk and I’ll never look back.”

Hairdresser Sam Green swapped scissors for snips when she decided to retrain as an electrician.

Although the 26-year-old from Coventry enjoyed her job as a hairdresser the lack of career progression and poor long-term prospects made her make the switch.

“Hairdressing is a very practical job and having had four years of working as a self-employed stylist in a village salon in Warwickshire I knew I had the hand eye co-ordination to use power tools on site,” said Sam.

“It was the lack of future earning potential that made me bite the bullet and retrain. I’d always worked hard but there was a ceiling to what I could earn as a stylist, even though I worked for myself."

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“I had ambitions of owning my own home and enjoying regular foreign holidays, but my hairdresser’s wage was proving to be a barrier to that."

“I had a friend who worked at Clarkson Evans and he persuaded me to apply for an apprenticeship and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that being in my mid-twenties was not seen as an issue.  Like a lot of people, I had wrongly believed that apprenticeships were just for school leavers,” added Sam.

More than six months into her apprenticeship Sam, who works out of our Birmingham branch, cannot believe how much she has learnt on site.

“The electrical apprenticeship at Clarkson Evans is really practical and I’m proud of how many skills I’ve picked up after only a few weeks working on site alongside my team leader. As most of the senior electricians you work alongside have been through the Clarkson Evans apprenticeship, they have lots of patience and really want to help you to learn as quickly as possible.

“Although I know my long-term financial future is much more secure now that I am on the road to becoming an electrician, I was concerned that returning to an apprentice wage may have been difficult. Thanks to the productivity bonus available to all site-based staff at Clarkson Evans I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve been taking home each week.

“When you’re in a job you’ve done for years it can feel pretty scary to give up what you know and retrain. My experience has taught me that it’s well worth the risk and I’ll never look back,” added Sam.

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