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Crawley MP Henry Smith learns more about Top 100 apprentice employer

May 3, 2016

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Crawley MP Henry Smith donned a hard hat and high visibility jacket to meet apprentices from award-winning electrical apprenticeship employer Clarkson Evans.

Clarkson Evans is a leading UK electrical contractor with an expanding Crawley branch. Based at the Gatwick International Trade Centre, off Cobham Way, the company specialises in wiring new homes for all the leading house builders including Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

The company invited Mr Smith to meet some of its apprentices after they were crowned a Top 100 Apprentice Employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year.

Mr Smith met apprentices Emma Clisby, George Francis and Sean Farmer at the Persimmon Homes Forge Wood site in Crawley, where Clarkson Evans are in the middle of wiring new homes.

Clarkson Evans’ HR & Training Director Lindsey Young chatted to Mr Smith about the apprenticeship programme and the recruitment issues faced by the company in the Crawley area.

"We are extremely grateful that Mr Smith has taken the time to meet our electrical apprentices today. As a Top 100 apprentice employer we are committed to addressing the skills shortage in the construction industry. We look forward to working in partnership with Mr Smith to raise the profile of our apprenticeship opportunities in Crawley," said HR & Training Director Lindsey Young. 

“We don’t just teach apprentices to become qualified electricians. To us, it’s much more than that – we give them the opportunity to make something of their lives by progressing long-term careers within the company,” she added.

Apprentice electricians in Crawley with MP Henry Smith

The company has just launched its latest recruitment campaign for apprentices in Crawley. Candidates need to be at least 18 years old, be able to drive and preferably have grade C or above in English and maths at GCSE.

Clarkson Evans is staging an open day at its Crawley branch in Cobham Way, Crawley, between 3pm – 6pm on Thursday June 16.

Would-be electrical apprentices will have the chance to meet current apprentices and chat to other staff about roles within the company. People interested in attending the event should register their interest by emailing

After his visit Mr Smith said: “I was very pleased to go to Clarkson Evans today and meet with some of their electrical apprentices."

“It’s always good to see successful companies supporting apprenticeships and I’m delighted that Clarkson Evans, working in Crawley’s newest neighbourhood, Forge Wood, continue to demonstrate their commitment in this regard."

“Clarkson Evans has many apprenticeship spaces available for local young people and I am pleased to support their Crawley recruitment event on 16th June."

“The number of people starting apprenticeships in Crawley has risen to around 4,200 since 2010, and it’s because of employers such as Clarkson Evans who ensure that their apprentices are enabled with the skills required to succeed in their future career.”

Clarkson Evans has experienced significant growth since the company was established nearly 35 years ago. Now the company has over 700 staff and recruits apprentices across its network of 16 branches. Last year the company wired one in 10 new homes built across England and Wales.

The quality of its apprenticeship training has been recognised nationally, with one Clarkson Evans apprentice, Luke Mullan, being named as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Electrical Industry Awards 2015.