Paisha-Louise Mills

 Paisha-Louise started her career journey as a chef, she is now a Water Utilities Apprentice, gaining hands on experience and helping to keep the water flowing to homes and business. Find out what motivated her to change career and choose an apprenticeship with Clancy Docwra.

"I am hoping my positive experience to date will encourage more females to join the industry."

What do you do and where do you do it? 

I’m a Water Utilities Apprentice - based on Thames Water contract, working out of their Dartford depot. My role is crucial as I am working on important water repairs and maintenance so we need to make sure these are completed quickly and on time. As I’m an apprentice, my training is helping to fulfil skills gaps at operative level and will provide a great platform for future career progression within the company.  Should I wish to mentor someone in the future, this will provide me with an opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience.

Which parts of the job do you enjoy most/ find most rewarding?

I enjoy the variety of work out and on-site and learning about all the different tasks I have to complete.

What path did you use to get to the position you hold today?

I was a trained chef before I started my Water Industries Apprenticeship..My father and uncle both work for Clancy Docwra and told me about the Water Industry Apprenticeship roles. I completed a telephone interview, attended an assessment centre and face to face interview, after which I was offered the job.

"I’ve always wanted to work in more of a practical environment and this role provides me with the perfect opportunity to develop these skills"

What attracted you to join the energy and utilities sector?

Ny apprenticeship allows me to gain plenty of site experience and develop my knowledge.  There are also more development opportunities and career options in this industry, compared to my previous role as a chef. 

What does an average day consist of?

The work is varied, no two days are ever the same. I work on water repairs and maintenance, so the day will begin at the depot where we find out what jobs are scheduled in for the day and to load up the van accordingly.  We then work in accordance with the schedule and ensure all our work is completed on time and any necessary paperwork is completed.

What do you think of the career prospects? Have you had much training and development?

There are great career prospects available should you wish to progress.  I am gaining plenty of hands on, site experience with my apprenticeship and as part of my role we also have to complete compliance training such as First Aid, Manual Handling, Asbestos Awareness and Street-works.

"I am very well supported in my apprenticeship and my supervisor and mentor have been a great help and are always on hand should I have any questions or concerns."

Would you recommend your job to a friend and why?

Yes, I would recommend my job to anyone who enjoys practical work and variety.  There are lots of opportunities to progress within the industry and my apprenticeship enables you to learn a lot and build up valuable site experience.