A work experience week has sparked interest from 15-year-old St Aidan’s pupil, Ross Gawn, so much so that he now has his heart set on a career as an electrician.

The youngster from Thornton made contact with principal contract manager, Dave Scott to enquire about work placement opportunities, and Dave was so impressed with the enthusiasm and level of research the year 10 student demonstrated in his letter (wow, remember those!) that he invited Ross in to familiarise himself with Ameon’s services.

During a week-long placement, Ross experienced life with the design, estimating and commercial teams at Ameon HQ in Blackpool, and was also deployed to get a taste of life on site in Bolton on Galliford Try’s King’s Leadership Academy contract and also the Upperbanks development in Rochdale, where we are working with client, Willmott Dixon.

Said Ross: “It’s been a great experience for me and I now know a lot more about what it takes to become an electrician working for a company such as Ameon.  It has inspired me to look to gain an apprenticeship once I’ve passed my GCSE exams, particularly the maths and science subjects, which I’ll need to get good grades in to achieve my goal.

“My dad works in the aerospace industry, so I think I’ve got the technical bug from him, which is why I’m keen on looking at a hands-on technical job after school.”

Dave Scott was impressed with Ross’s drive and willingness to learn.  He commented: “Even though it was a short time, the placement gave Ross a view of just how many people and processes have to be in place before a technician can even raise a screwdriver on site.  He received great support from our clients, Willmott Dixon and Galliford Try, on their respective developments, so he saw the sheer scale of such contracts and how we collaborate to complete them successfully.

“If he demonstrates the same application in an apprenticeship that he has done while with us, he’s bound to make it in his chosen career.”