Carmarthenshire electrician shares career path as part of National Apprenticeship Week


Pictured above: David Miles from Penygroes has talked about how an apprentice scheme helped him (Photo: Simon Ridgway)

A west Wales apprentice scheme graduate has spoken about his own career path and is encouraging others to explore the benefits of apprenticeships – whatever the job.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and David Miles from Penygroes, Carmarthenshire is among those who has benefitted from doing an employment scheme, which saw him become a health and safety technician.

He said: “I went to university in 2003 to study computer games development, but it wasn’t the right environment for me.

“I left university without finishing my degree and stumbled into a job with a pizza company. I progressed through the ranks at the company over 14 years, going from positions in local stores to overseeing the opening of new locations across the UK,” he said.

“I loved my time at the pizza place, but my work-life balance wasn’t what I wanted it to be, so I decided to leave, and I retrained as an electrician.”

David completed his first two years of training at college, where he also picked up a GCSE in English.

However, as he was looking for an apprenticeship, he realised that most organisations were looking for young people and he had difficulty finding a suitable role.

“It’s almost impossible to get an apprenticeship as an electrician over the age of 25, so I really struggled.

“Then Covid-19 happened, and I found out my partner was pregnant.

“Needing a role quickly, I saw a position at Amazon, and I joined the company.

“I quickly realised this was a great place to work and I made plans to progress at the site in Swansea.”

David Miles (Photo: Simon Ridgway)

David has been at Amazon for almost four years and is a graduate of the company’s apprenticeship programme, completing a health and safety apprenticeship in September last year.

He said: “During my first year, I worked as a proxy for the health and safety team, and I loved it.

“Around the same time, I saw the apprenticeship opportunity in health and safety, and I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to get a qualification and work at the same time,” David said.

“I thought the Amazon apprenticeship programme would offer me the opportunity to get more experience in health and safety, so I applied.

“It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,  I had so many opportunities to work alongside teams here in Swansea and in Bristol and Swindon, while getting a qualification and having the chance to implement health and safety programmes that I created.”

Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Swansea is encouraging others to start an apprenticeship and boost their careers as Amazon announces the expansion of its apprenticeship programme with the addition of 1,000 new positions across the UK in 2024.

Nicola Drury, head of skills and apprenticeships at Amazon, said: “Every year we look forward to recruiting ambitious and enthusiastic apprentices to join our teams working to deliver for customers all over the UK.

“Whether they’re retraining to begin a new and exciting career, or gaining new skills to take their career in a new direction, we’re proud to provide opportunities for people to find their dream roles.”

UK Government minister for skills, apprenticeships and higher education Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships are crucial to giving people from all backgrounds the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity while addressing skills gaps and helping to grow our economy.”


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