Meet Keith Fisk, who works with Hart Learning & Development as a Gas Operative Delivery Tutor and Leader. A previous business owner himself, Keith understands the needs of employers working within the plumbing, heating, and gas engineering sector and passes his own industry experience onto the next generation of employees.
Find out more about Keith’s experience of apprenticeships with Hart Learning & Development in his interview below:
What inspired you to start a career in training apprentices?
“Before I joined Hart Learning & Development, I was running my own plumbing, heating, and gas engineering business. I decided that I wanted to make a change and pass on my wealth of knowledge to the next generation which is why I applied for the role with Hart Learning & Development. As a tutor and programme leader, I’m able to give apprentice learners the same opportunities I had when starting in the trade, which has helped me to have a great career.”
What do you enjoy the most about working with Hart Learning & Development?
“I enjoy watching learners progress into their chosen career and achieve their goals, whether that’s short-term or longer-term goals. Knowing that my input and assistance have helped them achieve this is really rewarding and it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
“One of my highlights of working here at Hart Learning & Development has been introducing the new Gas Engineering apprenticeship to our portfolio of training opportunities. It’s a great pathway for the plumbers that I teach to continue their careers, learning new skills and opening up new doors to future career options and work opportunities.”
What makes your apprenticeship courses stand out to learners and employers?
“My courses are up to date with the industry standards, so apprentices finish their programmes with the knowledge and experience they need to keep both themselves and their customers safe when working on projects. I also use my own recent industry knowledge to support their learning and development. My experience allows me to bring real-life examples into my teaching and allows my apprentices to think about how they can apply what they’ve learnt to these situations.
“In addition, our facilities are modern and replicate a true work environment, which is ideal for helping apprentices gain relevant skills and build their confidence before heading out to real client work.”
If you could speak to someone who is thinking of starting an apprenticeship with Hart Learning & Development, what would you say to them?
“Come along and visit us to find out more about what we do. The support myself and the rest of the team will give you will enable you to make confident decisions on your career for the future. Our environment is relaxed, but our expectations and standards are high as we want you to achieve your full potential. Above all, our employer feedback is positive and all our apprentices, both past and present, have enjoyed working alongside our supportive team.”
To find out more about Hart Learning & Development’s apprenticeship opportunities, please visit www.hartld.co.uk/business-hub/services/apprenticeships/
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