Charting Imran’s progression from Plumbing Apprentice to fully qualified Gas Engineer.
Imran Ahmed joined Axis in September 2015. He worked here as a Plumbing Apprentice and then moved over to our Gas Team for another two-year apprenticeship. He is now just about to move up from Gas Improver to Gas Engineer.
Prior to joining Axis as an apprentice, Imran was working at a nursery and part time at Waitrose. He heard about the Axis Apprenticeship programme through his college.
What made you decide to become an Apprentice?
The fact that I can work and gain experience, learn and earn at the same time
What were the best bits about your apprenticeship?
Meeting different people every day. Learning from different engineers every day and picking up little tricks and tips as I go along.
What was the biggest challenge of your apprenticeship?
I would say the most difficult bit is juggling between work life study life and family life, that can sometimes be a bit stressful.
If someone asked you whether it is a good idea to do an apprenticeship, what would you say to them?
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship, but I would say make sure you are fully focused because there will be ups and downs, but you just have to knuckle down as with anything else in life and keep pushing yourself to the end.
What are the benefits of being an apprentice?
The benefits of doing an apprenticeship are that you have a real-life experience and a true feel of what it will be like when you get your qualification and start working.
What’s the main thing you have learned whilst being an apprentice?
My apprenticeship taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about myself really brought the best out of me. It taught me confidence, patience, discipline and appreciation.