We find out more about the inspiring journey of Chris Day and Mayday Electrical Solutions.
For many, the traditional route of a university education is something that might be unachievable or undesirable, so it’s important to recognise the diverse range of pathways that lead to success.
The electrotechnical industry, for instance, offers a fantastic alternative, and is at the heart of the race to net zero, brimming with opportunities that cater to various skill sets.
In addition to its pivotal role in sustainability, the sector also boasts excellent salaries, with an average annual income of £30,000/year. Embracing such alternative paths can lead to fulfilling and lucrative careers that resonate with a broader spectrum of talents and ambitions.
Standing as a testament to success and a prime example of why school results don’t determine failure or triumph, is NICEIC certified business and founder of Mayday Electrical Solutions, Chris May.
At the age of 16, Chris found himself at a crossroads. Having not received the exam results he initially hoped for and unsure of his direction in life, he grappled with the common questions that plague many young adults.
A true passion
Undeterred by these obstacles, Chris entered the workforce at the beginning of 2008 and had to take up odd jobs like gardening whilst he put all his efforts into finding an electrical apprenticeship.
During a search for apprenticeship opportunities, Chris stumbled upon his true passion – electrical work – and became an apprentice at the age of 17. This not only introduced him to a new career path but also ignited a sense of purpose and self-confidence.
By 2013, Chris had transitioned into working as a NICEIC qualified supervisor for a commercial company in London. His time there helped him better understand the trade, refine his skills and further expand his knowledge.
In 2017, and armed with years of experience and expertise, Chris took the leap to start his own business – Mayday Electrical Solutions. More than five years later the company is a resounding success and Chris even employs apprentices of his own.
He commented: “I deeply sympathise with those who might not have achieved the school exam results they were hoping for. However, academic outcomes don’t determine our paths in life, and I hope that my story can serve as a reminder of this and inspire others to turn those results into an opportunity.
“My business now employs apprentices, and I take a great deal of pride in helping young school leavers enter the trade. We’re now recruiting for a third apprentice to help manage the workload.”
Chris adds: “My advice to anyone starting out or thinking about setting up their own business one day is to not be afraid – we all have to start somewhere. Work with an established team, learn as much as you can and when you’re ready to take that leap, go for it. There will be hardships along the way, but navigating these challenges will only make you stronger as an individual and hopefully one day as a business owner.”
Registered and accredited by NICEIC, Chris says that being a part of the organisation has helped his daily operations from the beginning.
“Being supported by NICEIC is crucial for us. When we first started the business, it was important that we had a line of communication with someone who could assist us with things that we were otherwise unsure of. The support from NICEIC is second to none. It helps us bring in business and the brand recognition gives our customers confidence that they’re using someone who is thoroughly assessed.”
Chris’ journey shows that you don’t have to follow set paths to succeed. Mayday Electrical Solutions stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication, perseverance, and the courage to pursue his passion.
As young adults navigate the complexities of defining their futures, Chris’ journey offers a guiding light – and demonstrates that every setback is an opportunity for a remarkable comeback.