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In recognition of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we are continuing our series of ‘Why they became an apprentice’ interviews with current apprentices at HF.

We want to know why they chose their career path in Electrical, Mechanical and Fire & Security as well as what they enjoy most about being a part of HF and our apprentice programme.

With such a rich history in the UK electrical field, HF occupies an unprecedented position in industry. A huge part of this success has always been through our apprentice programme. We are incredibly proud of this apprentice programme which has seen so many of our young apprentices successfully continue their career into full time positions within the company, either as Electricians, Mechanical Contractors or as one of our Fire & Security team.

This time around, we are sitting down with Kyle who is one of our Fire & Security Apprentices.

Our fire & security apprentice learning all about working at height safety.

Why did you first apply for an apprenticeship?

Simply put, I wanted a good career. I wanted a job that gave me opportunities and a real sense of job security.  I had looked around the various options before signing up for a Fire & Security apprenticeship because I felt this was the right fit for me.  Going down the apprentice route would give me good work experience quickly which was very appealing.

Why did you choose a career in Fire & Security?

I had already completed a pre-apprenticeship for Fire & Security at North Lanarkshire College and it is an industry that I find really interesting.  There are so many new products coming onto the market and the technology in the latest Fire & Security systems is really impressive.  Being part of that makes the job a lot more interesting.

Why did you choose HF?

I had heard good things about HF through the college during the pre-apprenticeship programme so they were the first company I applied to.  Once I started working here, it quickly became obvious why so many good things had been said.  With the range of things they do, it gives me so much ‘on the job’ experience and the variety of other services they do means I get to see first hand what it is like to work both in the trade and alongside other trades such as electricians, mechanical and gas engineers.

What do you most enjoy about being a Fire & Security apprentice?

I love getting to work on site and learning on the job.  The variety in what I get to do makes everyday really interesting and while I currently prefer the fire side of things, that could easily change given the different things I get to be involved in during my apprenticeship.

What are your future goals?

In the short term, there are lots of little goals that I need to achieve. If I want to operate a scissor lift, I will need to get a IPAF Ticket; and I need to pass my driving test. The main goal long term is to be a fully qualified fire and security engineer because I want to build a career in the sector.  And being an apprentice here is definitely helping me to achieve that goal.

Thank you Kyle


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The name HF occupies an unprecedented position in industry across the UK. We have diversified and developed abreast of industry advancements and have grown into a group of world-class companies leading the way in next-generation technologies; and all with a family continuity at management level which is rarely seen. We are always looking for quality, talented and enthusiastic new members to our team and apprentices form a vital part of the services that we offer and the quality that we can provide to our customers.

If you are interested in apprentice programmes in Electrical, Mechanical or Fire & Security services, use the link below to find out more about the current opportunities in areas near our branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast and Aberdeen.

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