James Ross obtained an apprenticeship with Norwich Electrical Co. Ltd. in 1967. As part of this apprenticeship he became a student at City College in order to study electrical installations.
Training to be an electrician……..
In his own words he tells us about his time as an apprentice.
“After receiving an apprenticeship in July 1967, I started my training at City College Norwich in the September. My training continued for seven years when I successfully completed my full electrician’s certificate. During these seven years, I attended one day a week. In the latter part of my training to obtain the technician’s qualification, this involved attending college in the evening. My teachers were Mr Wakefield, Peter Claydon, Denis Wade, David Bean and Mr Alyride.”
An electrical career!
James worked for Norwich Electrical Co. Ltd. for the following 25 years, eventually being promoted to Operations Director. At this time he made a career move across to Eastern Electricity.
He tells us:
“At this point in time, Norwich Electrical Co. Ltd. were the in-house service contractor, a role they continue to this day.
Simon Warnes who was then the service electrician, was an apprentice I had enrolled many years ago!
I can remember one year at Norwich Electrical Co. Ltd. we had twelve apprentices enrolled on various courses at the College!”
Having enjoyed his time undertaking Electrical Contracting, James made a move into the Mobile Telephone sector. This saw him do a transfer to Yorkshire Electricity from Eastern Electricity.
With this move, James was fortunate to travel to many interesting places around the world. He was responsible for leading the and roll out contracts for major telecom operators. This involved overseeing the initial planning of the fibre distribution on overhead pylons to the roadside transmission hub network sites.
As well as oversees travel, James was also travelling a lot throughout the UK, mainly in a vehicle.
James tells us….
“After another day sitting in the car trying to get back to Norfolk in all the traffic jams and road works and hearing about major delay reports on the radio I decided it was time for a change!
I thought I would consider putting something back into the industry in the form of training apprentices in Electrical Installations. Six months later, during 2002 I applied for a position to teach at Lowestoft College and got offered the role!”
Going full circle back to City College Norwich………….
A few months later, James bumped into one of his old teachers from the college (Dennis Wade) who said they would be looking for a NVQ on-site instructor for a couple of days a week. James applied for the role and was offered the job, coming back to the college in May 2004.
In the meantime he continued to teach at both Lowestoft and CCN until May 2005. At this point, James was offered a teaching position at City College as well as retaining the NVQ role.
James delivers the electrical practicals in the workshop to Level 1 and 2 students. And, turning full circle, he is now teaching students whose bosses were once one of the many apprentices that passed through the Norwich Electrical apprenticeships and CCN training!