The last time we caught up with Jordan Edgar, he had not long started his Level 3 Electrical Installation course and he was getting work experience on the historic Roundhouse project in November 2019.
Jordan started with the college back in 2017, straight out of school, when he enrolled onto Level 1 Electrical Installation. He has since gone on to complete his Level 2 and 3 courses and is now working full-time for the college as a workshop technician at the Longbridge (Bournville College) campus.
Now 20 years old, Jordan explained how much he is enjoying his new role, whilst still working with some local electricians, completing small jobs at the weekend.
A typical day for Jordan sees him ensuring all the materials and tools needed for each of the electrical lessons are as they should be. He then visits the other workshops, (brickwork, carpentry and plumbing) to see if they need a hand setting-up, before returning to electrical to make himself available to help students. When working from home whist the College is not fully open due to the pandemic, he keeps himself busy looking at cost sheets, ordering stock and general office admin duties.
“I’m really happy as a technician and something I can see myself doing for the foreseeable future. I have no other plans for the time being,” Jordan added. “Having gone from Level 1 through to Level 3, I like students asking me questions about the course and asking my advice about progression and work experience.”
One of Jordan’s electrical tutors, Martin Goodridge said, “Jordan took this opportunity to give back to the College and has given himself a more diverse early-career experience. He has taken to the role immediately, coming up with his own ideas of ways to improve the workshop experience and being very good at jumping in to assist students with their installations and questions. We’re very pleased to have him as part of our team, as he has the maturity and skills to work with both young students and adults alike, and he is popular with staff and students.“
Richard Fort, another electrical tutor, added, “Jordan has shown good practical and theoretical development over the years he’s been studying with us. This has helped him gain electrical work on site. He has worked with various local electricians, all of whom have given great feedback due to his diligence and desire to learn and improve. He really has grown in stature and enhanced his already good natured and helpful persona. He has become a very mature, likeable and responsible person, which all his fellow colleagues appreciate! Well done to him!”
With many large-scale building projects in the country’s second city, such as HS2, the Commonwealth Games village, and high-rise developments, construction workers including electricians are in high demand.
To follow in Jordan’s footsteps, check out our available electrical courses delivered from Bordesley Green or Longbridge (Bournville College) campus.