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National housing chief helps former apprentices celebrate their electrical qualification

June 1, 2015

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Pete Redfern, Group Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey plc, will be congratulating electrical apprentices who have recently completed their training with Clarkson Evans at our annual apprenticeship celebration event.

Mr Redfern will be handing out the certificates of achievement to 23 newly qualified electricians from Clarkson Evans at the Apprentice Presentation Evening, at the Hatherley Manor Hotel, on June 12.

“Apprenticeships play a vital role in securing the UK’s long-term economic success. By investing in apprenticeship programmes today, businesses like Clarkson Evans are developing the skills and talent we need for the future of the construction industry,” said Mr Redfern.

Managing Director of Clarkson Evans, Steve Evans, who will be sharing positive anecdotes of the class of 2015 during the evening, said: “Inviting each former apprentice to the stage and witnessing them enjoying their moment in the spotlight makes me feel very proud.

“We don’t see ourselves as just teaching apprentices a trade. To us, it’s much more than that – we give them the opportunity to make something of their lives by progressing long-term careers with the company,” he added.

Many of the former apprentices themselves recognise how much they have achieved and several are now beginning to plan for the future, with a long-term career ahead of them.

Steve McAllister is planning his wedding after qualifying and Chris Wheeler, Elliot Parkinson and Nathan Trott are able to save towards buying their first home.

We have experienced significant growth since the company was established back in the eighties. Now with a turnover of £37 million we recruit apprentices across our network of 14 branches and wire new homes for national house builders such as Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Bovis and Barratt David Wilson.

The quality of our apprenticeship training has been recognised nationally – reaching the final of the Apprenticeships4England awards earlier this year and winning the VQ Award, from The Edge Foundation, for our vocational training in 2014.