Apprentices are vital to the industry and it’s imperative to support them now more than ever, with the underlying skills gap we are experiencing. What’s more, it is vital that we gain the attention of the bright young minds of tomorrow, so we can introduce and familiarise them with our brand as they embark on their successful careers. Personally, I see this as critical – training is an important asset to our company and although it is a longer-term investment, it adds exceptional value to Aqualisa.
The training seminars I present are always very well received. We present information on Aqualisa and effectively show samples of our products; including the original bi-metallic coil which has been used in a range of our showers for over 40 years. The course is also completely hands-on – for example, for smart and digital showers, we show them how to fit the smart valve and then they can try themselves. The students and the lecturers always thank me for my enthusiasm and enjoy the interactive elements of the day, as well as the official certificate for their portfolio.
I always try and offer the students a little piece of advice during these sessions and it’s usually, stick at it and always keep going! Even through bad days, make sure you persevere. You will have a brilliant career, and there are so many well-rewarded options in this industry.