Bartek, Modern Apprentice Electrical Engineer, NHS Grampian

Bartek is a modern apprentice electrical engineer working at NHS Grampian. He found out about the electrical engineering apprenticeship while at college.

I'm Bartek and I'm an electrical engineer at NHS Grampian.

I found out about the electrical engineering apprenticeship when I was at college.

So, in the morning when we come in we'll usually look at our iPads for any new jobs and we'll plan our day from there. We'll usually go out with a journeyman, who teaches us certain things and then we also get to do some jobs on our own.

The most important skill for me to do my job well would be problem-solving, because I need to identify the problem and then figure out how to fix it as well. Another important skill would be communication as I'm working with someone else most the time.

Our supervisors usually allow us a few hours a week to catch up on any coursework we need to, and throughout the first year of the apprenticeship you get sent away to college to complete qualifications. But, since I'd already been to college before the apprenticeship, I'd already completed some qualifications.

As of now, I'm only a second year apprentice, but towards the end of my apprenticeship I'd like to figure out whether I'd like to carry on being an electrician or study it further.

The advice I would give to someone applying for a Modern Apprenticeship at the NHS would be to just give it a shot, as you could learn a lot while also getting paid.


Describe a typical day at work.

So, in the morning when we come in we'll usually look at our iPads for any new jobs and we'll plan our day from there. We'll usually go out with a journeyman, who teaches us certain things and then we also get to do some jobs on our own.

What are the most important skills for your job?

The most important skill for me to do my job well would be problem-solving, because I need to identify the problem and then figure out how to fix it as well. Another important skill would be communication as I'm working with someone else most the time.

How do you organise your time between work and study?

Our supervisors usually allow us a few hours a week to catch up on any coursework we need to, and throughout the first year of the apprenticeship you get sent away to college to complete qualifications. But, since I'd already been to college before the apprenticeship, I'd already completed some qualifications.

What are your future career plans after you complete your Modern Apprenticeship?

As of now, I'm only a second year apprentice, but towards the end of my apprenticeship I'd like to figure out whether I'd like to carry on being an electrician or study it further.

What advice would you give others thinking about applying to do a Modern Apprenticeship in the NHS?

The advice I would give to someone applying for a Modern Apprenticeship at the NHS would be to just give it a shot, as you could learn a lot while also getting paid.