Meet Jack Hoy - Overhead Lines Apprentice
“In many ways I had thought University was the only higher education option available and I hadn’t realised what an apprenticeship could do for my career. I was studying for a degree in Energy but I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me and I was hoping to find a training option in the energy sector that would keep me stimulated. I also knew I didn’t want to be behind a desk all day but outdoors in the fresh air.
"After spotting NIE Networks engineers working nearby on my drive home one day I started to research the company and when I found the apprenticeship programme I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.
"I always thought an apprenticeship was learning from a distance but here at NIE Networks it’s totally the opposite. I’m encouraged every day to put into practice what I’ve been taught at the training school. I’ve started to build up a strong knowledge of the job and the training team has really helped support me from the ground up.
"Like every job there are days that are tougher than others, especially when it’s pouring rain, but when you rise to the challenge and close out on a project it’s such a satisfying feeling. I can’t see myself doing anything else.”