Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week: Interview with our Apprentice, Harvey

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week: Interview with our Apprentice, Harvey

As Northern Ireland celebrates Apprenticeship Week this week, an opportunity arose to sit down with one of our apprentices at solv, Harvey, to delve into his experience. Join us as we explore what it’s like to be an apprentice within our organisation and uncover the valuable insights and perspectives apprentices bring to the table:

  1. What motivated you to pursue an apprenticeship in Northern Ireland?

I knew I wanted a more hands-on experience, being out in the field and using my skills with tools rather than being confined to a desk, in an office job for example.

  1. How far into the apprenticeship with solv are you?

I’m five months into my apprenticeship with solv, and I have to say, I’m absolutely loving every moment of it.

  1. Can you share a bit about the skills and knowledge you’ve gained during your apprenticeship so far?

I’ve been picking up practical skills, like using different types of tools and navigating my way around boilers. It’s definitely a case of learning by doing, a more hands-on experience than I get at tech.

  1. How has the apprenticeship program contributed to your personal and professional development?

Of course I’m learning essential technical skills but this apprenticeship is also teaching me valuable life skills. It’s a world away from working in retail, which I used to do, and I do genuinely see this as a job for life.

  1. What advice do you have for individuals considering an apprenticeship in Northern Ireland?

I think it really depends on the industry they’re thinking of going into. If someone is keen on a hands-on, trade-oriented job, then pursuing an apprenticeship is a great way to break into that career.

  1. Can you highlight a memorable experience or project you’ve worked on during your apprenticeship?

One of the standout moments for me was installing my first domestic boiler alongside one of the solv team. Having knowledgeable Service Engineers around to learn from has been invaluable.

  1. In what ways has your employer supported your apprenticeship journey?

solv has been incredibly supportive. They provide training, and are really flexible and accommodate my schedule.

  1. What impact do you think apprenticeships have on the local economy and workforce in Northern Ireland?

I think so many people are encouraged to aim for University education which means they land in jobs which aren’t necessarily hands on. Apprenticeships help people like me to enter trades and other industries, balancing the job market – and everyone needs gas engineers!

  1. How do you envision your career progressing after completing your apprenticeship?

I see this apprenticeship as a stepping stone to a full-time job for life in the industry. The skills and experience I’m gaining now will definitely pave the way for my future career.


If you’re considering an apprenticeship in the industry, solv offers an enriching environment where valuable experiences and skills are cultivated. In the meantime, check out more information about Apprenticeship Week.