My Trivallis

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

7 February 2024

Elliot Wigfall shares his experience of studying for an electrical apprenticeship through the medium of Welsh.

Elliot, originally from Ynysybwl near Pontypridd, is an electrical apprentice with Trivallis.

The Welsh language is very important to Elliot, and whilst working towards his NVQ Level 3 in electrical work with Coleg y Cymoedd, he was selected to be one of the ambassadors this year for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. His role will be to promote the benefits of the Welsh language in the apprenticeship field.

But why did Elliot choose to do an apprenticeship? Let’s get to know Elliot.

What subjects did you study at school and is this your first job?

I have A Level qualifications in Chemistry, Biology, Music and Performing Arts, and went on to go and do a degree in Music Theatre and Media at UWTSD.

After graduating, I got my first job with the university in Carmarthen as a Marketing Officer.

So how and when did you decide to do an apprenticeship to become an electrician?

In my job with the University I was going around schools and colleges saying to young people ‘come to university, come to university’ but I also realised that university is not the best option for everyone.

I started thinking about myself, and started questioning whether I really wanted to do that job for the rest of my life.

That’s when I started looking at apprenticeships. Being an electrician appealed to me because I like solving problems and doing mathematics and science. I wanted to put my knowledge into practice, and learn how these topics relate to real life.

What’s the best thing about your job now?

I’m out learning how to do my job at work and every single day is different.  Even if the task is the same, there are always different elements, for example whether the cables are installed differently in the house, and you have to deal with this and solve the problem.

You are an ambassador for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol – what difference does Welsh make to you in your job as an electrician?

If you speak Welsh, having the person who comes to your house to fix your shower or light who can also speak Welsh makes a difference – especially in this area where not many people can speak it.

The fact that I can offer a Welsh service gives people the opportunity to speak the language they are most comfortable with.

What would be your advice for someone thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

If you don’t enjoy learning in the traditional way, an apprenticeship offers something different. If I’m in college one day learning theory, the next day I will be out learning practical skills at work.

It’s a good way to learn and get qualifications, while also getting paid.