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Mohammed Chaudry

Apprentice Electrician 

Having spent more years than he cared to remember as a Tesco team leader Mohammed Chaudry was stuck in a career rut. When his brother suggested he retrain to become an electrician the 29-year-old enrolled at the City of Oxford College and discovered a love of learning that had been lacking all his life.

“If I’m honest I didn’t really like school and messed around a lot but going back to college as a mature student really suited me. I knuckled down to work and, because I was doing something that I enjoyed, I started to get distinctions. My college teachers really helped me a lot and motivated me to work hard and I developed a fresh attitude to learning.

Mohammed hadn’t really given much thought to what he was going to do when his electrical installation course finished but a chance encounter with the Clarkson Evans’ careers team at a college employability event turned his head towards applying for an apprenticeship with the new build electrical specialist. 


“I hadn’t heard of Clarkson Evans or the company’s reputation for apprenticeship training and would never have applied to join the company if I hadn’t met the careers team at the employability event – I’m a great believer in everything happening for a reason,” said Mohammed.

Eight months into his apprenticeship at the company’s Oxford branch Mohammed says his apprenticeship experience has been positive, he’s learning a lot and valuing the support of his team leader who remembers what it’s like to be learning on the job.

“Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had started my apprenticeship sooner in life. My time at Tesco’s wasn’t wasted – that job taught me good people and communication skills and patience, all qualities that you need when working in the construction industry.” 

Mohammed has recently trained to become an apprentice ambassador, working with City & Guilds to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship training.

“My advice to people who are about to leave school or college is to remember that anything is possible as long as you put in the work.”