Name: Tom Wicks
Job title: Associate Director
Length of time at current organisation: 8 years


1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always knew I wanted to be a tradesman driving a van. In particular a white Vauxhall Astra van!

2. What attracted you to an engineering apprenticeship?

I’ve always preferred being out working rather than going through the school education system, I worked as a builder’s labourer from a young age. However, I understood I needed training to progress in life.

3. What qualifications did you have before undertaking your apprenticeship?

GCSEs and AS Level.

4. What was your route into the industry?

I completed an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship, working on building sites across central London.

5. How did you hear about the apprenticeship?

I applied to a local advert, the Head Office of the company was based in Watford which is my home town.

6. What are the most memorable parts of your career journey? 

  • Becoming the youngest charge hand in my first role at Haden Young and then temporary foreman for a £4 million contract.
  • Seeing my apprentices progress to becoming electricians.
  • How well everyone within Hemlow has become one big team in the recent years and how people have adapted to new circumstances and embraced the changes.

7. If you could go back in time to when you were an apprentice, knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself?

Wear the correct PPE for the job being completed, I did not listen to the senior electricians about knee pads!

8. How has your role progressed since joining Hemlow?

I have been fortunate to experience great career progression. Having originally joined as an Engineer, after several years in the role and having been promoted to Lead Engineer my next step was into a Contracts Manager role. Here I gained valuable managerial experience which lead me to become Regional Manager. Most recently I have stepped into my most challenging role yet at Associate Director and am enjoying my new levels of responsibility and playing a vital part during the companies period of rapid growth.            

9. What do you enjoy most about your job now?

Seeing the people develop and the company grow.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully continuing to work in a management role, incorporating good inter-personal skills for the benefit of the whole business. Primarily, I am keen to remain flexible and open to opportunities as life unfolds. 

11. What would be your advice to the next generation of engineering apprentices?

Take all advice on board and find out why it was given, even if you think it is not relevant with your current situation.


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