National Apprentice Week 2020 takes place from 3rd -7th February and is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service. It is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Apprenticeships provide key training while allowing students to earn money as they learn. In addition to the hands-on skills developed, apprentices quickly learn the importance of regulations and procedures, process safety and interpreting documentation. Total Contracting Services have supported the apprenticeship route for a number of years and see it as one of the key avenues for building skills in a chosen sector, for young adults.

TCS currently has two apprentices; Taylor Bage 17 years old and Ben Murphy both have been at the company for around six months approaching their half way point into their one year apprenticeship.Taylor spoke to us about why he chose an apprenticeship route with TCS over the other options available to him; “It was the best option for me, it allows me to learn and develop my understanding on a valuable  trade and gain both qualifications and experience whilst being paid.” Taylor continued to disclose one of the skill-sets he is proud to have developed  over his time with TCS – customer service, ”I have gained many skills through my apprenticeship, but also learning  how to interact and communicate with a range of diverse customers was one I didn’t expect when starting my apprenticeship.”

Whilst gaining valuable experience and knowledge with TCS, they also navigated a range of different training courses to enable them to further their careers within the data cabling industry. Training courses included:- ECS, IPAF as well as internal courses through our sister company Radical labs. TCS usually take on new apprentices each year director to keep up with the ever expanding growth of TCS.

Over the years TCS has had some fantastic success stories with our apprentices and hope to have many more apprentice success stories in the years to come!


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