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I’m an electrician because…

Man in building site with light bulb

I was interested in the construction industry at school and enjoyed working with my hands.

After completing my Level 3 course in Electrical Installation, I applied for an apprenticeship scheme through a local council and was offered a place with Lovell London. I’m now fully qualified.

I’m profoundly deaf and BSL is my first language. I applied for an Access to Work grant and had interpreters on site. As my confidence grew, I only needed the support for meetings and training. There were a lot of health and safety checks on site before I could start, and an alarm system was fitted that could text my phone in case of emergency.

I got used to communicating with colleagues in various ways – lip-reading, notes and signing. At school and college, I’d always had communication support workers. Working on a construction site improved my communication skills with hearing people. During my apprenticeship, I was highly commended in the Young Builder of the Year awards 2019.

For a job like mine, look for opportunities with your local council and don’t be afraid to follow your dream.

Sam Goodbody