The 26-year-old is one of more than 700 employees at Interserve who complete apprenticeships and further learning each year.
Luke left college looking for an apprenticeship. He joined Interserve’s four-year electrician installation NVQ apprenticeship on the company’s contract to supply facilities management and mechanical and engineering services to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, an 800-bed hospital that has 20 operating theatres.
The apprenticeship included a day’s study per week and he successfully completed it in 2013, before completing an HNC in building services. Luke has now progressed to be a technical compliance manager and this year started a university course in building services and engineering funded by the company’s Apprenticeship Levy.
He said: “The apprenticeship provided me with so many opportunities to learn and develop my career.
“It gave me tremendous satisfaction to be part of a team providing electrical support to ensure the hospital was lit, safe and to enable doctors to carry out their procedures.
“Sometimes that meant working on projects throughout the night, but ensuring patient safety was our number one priority. Every day had a different challenge.”
Interserve provided Luke with a range of opportunities on different contracts in the West Midlands so he could experience multiple sectors and develop a broad range of skills.
He said: “I was able to get all the practical experience I needed in no time at all. Interserve supported me 100 per cent of the way.
“I knew the traditional education route wasn’t for me and I needed a trade. Interserve gave me that route. Now I often have apprentices with me and I love the fact I’m able to support them as they grow into their career.”
Helen Jeffrey, Interserve’s early careers manager, said: “There is a shortage of engineers in the UK so developing our own talent is invaluable.
“Luke is a fantastic role model for young people as he has shown how an apprenticeship can help you develop your career and progress to degree level.
“We are looking to grow our engineering apprenticeship programmes because they are providing so much value to our business by enabling us to provide the best possible service to our customers.”