Apprentice Exchange 2017
Apprentice Sam reports on USA findings
Comparisons between the USA and UK’s electrical contracting industries have been drawn in a report published by electrician Samantha Jones, following her six-week working visit to New York.
26 year-old Sam was chosen in 2015 to represent the UK as part of the Joint Industry Board’s apprentice exchange programme. During her trip she spent time working with some of the New York’s leading electrical contractors on prestigious sites such as the Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens and Google.
The report, which can be downloaded here, included highlights such as: findings on use of steel conduits and conduit installations, including the mathematical workings for bend radius; technical differences in the ways of working between the UK and US, and details on Sam’s work placements such as Madison Avenue, Google offices, the Empire State Building and 432 Park Avenue Apartments, set to be the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.
“Sam made a fantastic impression on our US counterparts and carried out some valuable work during her time there,” said Andy Reakes, Secretary of the JIB Skills Development Fund. “The fact she studied for and passed the lengthy OSHA exam is also a great achievement, so we commend her for her commitment to this task.
“We look forward to launching the exchange programme again to give another apprentice a chance to bring findings from abroad back to the UK.”
Read Sam's blog
During her trip Samantha wrote a blog and uploaded pictures of her adventures – read more here.