Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of Clarkson Evans, having employed our first ever electrical apprentice more than 35 years ago.
We’re the largest electrical contractor operating in the housebuilding sector, wiring 20,000 properties last year. Our strategy is to offer long-term career opportunities so when we recruit apprentices we’re looking for our prospective team leaders and managers, and we do everything we can to encourage them to build their futures with us. More than 80 per cent of people employed in roles requiring electrical expertise completed their apprenticeship with us.
All electrical apprentices are trained in-house by our own lecturers and assessors at one of our four training academies. Three of our lecturers are former apprentices who’ve decided to take up a career in teaching after gaining team leader experience with us on site.
We also have a dedicated, five-strong Apprenticeship and Development Team to carefully recruit the right people for the programme and to provide mentoring and support as they progress through it.
We were awarded the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award in 2017, recognition of the quality of our apprenticeship training. Earlier this year we were named a Top 100 Apprentice Employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Despite our success, we do not intend to rest on our laurels. We’ve broadened the range of apprenticeships we offer so we now have learners completing accountancy, vehicle technician, business administration and IT qualifications.
By the year of the year we expect to have recruited more than 100 electrical apprentices across our 18-branch network, which not only covers Gloucestershire but spans from Stafford, down to Newquay and across to Crawley. We are also considering introducing further apprentices across our head office functions.
We see our ongoing sponsorship of the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards as part of our commitment to promote the value of apprenticeship training to young people, parents and other employers.