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Sam Goodwin
Age 20
Level 4 HNC Building Services Engineering
With Services Design Solution and Exeter College

Meet Sam Goodwin, apprentice electrical engineer, who was recognised as a finalist in this year’s Building Plymouth Technical Construction Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Just this week, he was presented with his certificate during the virtual ceremony on his study day at Exeter College. He is a shining example of young talent making an impact through his apprenticeship in the region.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I was always interested in undertaking an apprenticeship and even though I had to wait for something to come up that was in this industry, it was a decision I do not regret. I really enjoy learning on the job and being able to contribute to major projects such as the Nightingale Hospital in Exeter alongside my Level 4 college course.

What’s it like being an apprentice with SDS?
Being an apprentice with SDS is brilliant because there’s a really good team dynamic and there are lots of development opportunities. I find that the office environment is great for learning because there’s always discussions about topics and all of the apprentices who would benefit get involved. The Personal Qualifications Training Scheme involves attending and delivering presentations on different industry related topics proves really beneficial when undertaking daily tasks and having an appreciation for Building Services as a whole.

How does the apprenticeship differ to any education you’ve had before?
Learning on the job and being taught by engineers with years of experience is great because personally I find that learning by doing is the best way for me to learn. SDS gives me this exposure and the chances to develop my knowledge which I really appreciate. I think my confidence and communication skills have improved massively since joining SDS due to being asked to attend meetings by myself and have quite a lot of external client focus.

How do you think apprentices help #BuildTheFuture?
I believe that engineers and developed members of staff that have come through the apprenticeship route have a great understanding of a variety of areas because they have been through similar processes to the current apprentices. I think that apprenticeships are the best way to learn because working in the industry for a few years has given me a lot more knowledge about Building Services than the college courses I have been on so far. Apprentices can also help to bring fresh ideas to a company which helps a business to stay current which is fundamental to moving forward.