I Spoke to the Next Generation of Gas and Electric Technicians


Brune Park, Gosport 4-10-23

SERT attends a career fair to meet current Year 11s, looking for the next generation of Gas Safe Engineers and Electricians. Thank you GFM for the opportunity to present.

The first career fair of the season was an event filled with excitement and promise. As a representative from a company seeking apprentices, I was eager to connect with the next generation of talented individuals.

Though enthusiastic for the event, I never expected it to exceed my expectations in the way that it did. My time spent at the career fair was enlivened by positive interactions and insightful conversation.

I had the eye-opening opportunity to engage in focused communication with the students, and despite the bustling atmosphere, there were moments when we could truly connect and exchange ideas.

It was refreshing to see students who were genuinely interested in learning more about potential career opportunities, and I was encouraged to see that some had even done their research beforehand.

What struck me the most during these conversations was how well-spoken the students were. Admittedly, it's not something I had expected.

In today's age of social media and casual communication, it was truly impressive to witness their ability to articulate their thoughts and engage in serious discussion with adults they had only just met.

It was a testament to their maturity and readiness to enter the professional world that they could do this with such tenacity.

In my wider experience, I’ve often encountered individuals who struggle to communicate effectively or have meaningful conversations. Therefore, it’s worth acknowledging the students' proficiency in this area. It made me optimistic about their potential for success in their future careers.

What’s more is that the students demonstrated genuine curiosity by asking thought-provoking questions. They were not simply interested in superficial information; they wanted to understand the intricacies and challenges of the apprenticeship opportunities offered. It was evident that they were considering their career paths carefully and weighing all their options.

Conversation flowed naturally, and it was clear that both parties were invested in the exchange. It was enjoyable to witness the students' enthusiasm and passion for their chosen fields. Many of them already possessed a solid foundation of knowledge and were well-prepared to make informed decisions about their future.

As the first career fair of the season concluded, I left feeling energized and hopeful. The students I had the pleasure of speaking with left a lasting impression. Their poise, articulation, and thoughtful questions made me confident for the future of our gas and electric talent pool.

It's easy to underestimate the capabilities of the younger generation, but the career fair served as a reminder that they are indeed capable of engaging in serious conversation and making meaningful connections. Their presence was a breath of fresh air, and I can't wait to see where their professional journeys lead them.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of their journey towards a successful career.
Posted by: Mark Edwards

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