Former Bridgwater College Electrical student success

A former Bridgwater College Electrical Apprentice, has not only finished his course early, but has also successfully started his own business, taken on work experience students of his own and carried out work for TV’s Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud.

Leighton Ormerod, 20, from Wiveliscombe, grew up around his father’s electrical business, Electric Toes and, from the age of 15, helped out in the business. He started the Level 3 Electrical Installation Advanced Apprenticeship while continuing to work for his father, and during his studies came runner up in the 2013 Apprentice of the Year competition.

Having completed his qualification ahead of time, Leighton set up Leighton Ormerod Electrical Services and, through local advertising and word of mouth, secured a number of large contracts, including a three-year project on the Frome home of Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud. Finding himself unable to cope with overall demand Leighton called upon some of his old classmates and offered current Level 2 Electrical Installation student, Ross Wooldridge, 17, from Wellington, work experience on two days a week to fit around his studies. Once Ross completes his course he will have the opportunity to become a full-time apprentice in the business.

Leighton, formerly of Brymore School said,

“From the moment I started at Bridgwater College I found it welcoming and friendly. My mum has said that from a young age I’ve had a screwdriver in my hand, and it’s no surprise that I enjoyed the practical elements of the course!”

Victoria Lowen, Training Officer said,

“On meeting Leighton, it was obvious that he was personable, confident, willing to learn and wanting to know more. He had a great relationship with his peer group, always offering help and advice, and his group respected him for it. As well as becoming a new father, he has created a successful business from scratch. It was not a surprise that he finished his apprenticeship early.”