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Apprentices Celebrate Success

November 1, 2012

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Clarkson Evans apprentice electricians from Crawley, Oxford, Bracknell and Gloucester

Electrical contractor Clarkson Evans held a graduation-style awards evening to celebrate the achievements of staff who’ve recently achieved Advanced Apprenticeships in Electrical Installation.  44 young people were presented with certificates by former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, in front of their proud families at Hatherley Manor Hotel.
The Staverton-based company specialises in wiring new homes and this year it has recruited over 100 new apprentices.  All of them follow a unique in-house programme, attending day release classes at the company’s own training centre.

Managing director Steve Evans is a strong supporter of Apprenticeships and explains why they are so important to the business:  “By investing in young people we’re growing our next generation of team leaders”, said Steve.  “There’s simply no way we could ever recruit enough fully qualified staff with the right skills to meet the needs of our customers so we took the decision many years ago that apprenticeships were the only way forward”.

Last year Clarkson Evans won the National Apprenticeship Award for Best Medium Sized Employer and this week they’ll be helping to judge the same competition for 2012.  They were also the main sponsor for Gloucestershire Media’s first ever Apprenticeship Awards held earlier this year.

It’s not just Clarkson Evans’ own staff who benefit from their training.  The training centre has long been virtually a business in its own right and the company now trains apprentices for around 30 other employers.

There’s no doubt about the excellent contribution they have made to raising the profile of apprenticeships and helping to promote them as a positive career choice for talented young people.