WM Dyer Electrical show the importance and benefits that Apprenticeships bring to their business
With a national skills shortage, there is an ever increasing pressure on businesses to support the next generation into skilled trades.
With Apprenticeship schemes being a popular choice for a lot of young people, most businesses will have at least thought about whether or not it would be a good choice for their company.
As an expanding business, WM Dyer Electrical have recently had to consider expanding their resource requirements and looked at Apprenticeship positions as an option. Not only does investing in young people help to give the company a steady growth, it also injects young energy and enthusiasm into the industry. As a business with high standards, WM Dyer believe there is a great need to instil this into young people in order to sustain the company’s ethos for years to come.
Ashley Lee from Ince, Wigan & Samuel Liptrot from Over Hulton, Bolton were recently brought on board and have been involved with a large project at Bolton Town Hall. The pair have already impressed – showing an enthusiastic nature and a willingness to help all colleagues on site whilst learning their trade on a working site. They are both studying towards an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation.
A tailored training programme has been developed by the firm in line with all current legislation and regulations. This ensures any new technologies are being delivered where relevant and can be brought into the business when available, keeping employees enthused and valued.
With exciting times ahead in the electrical industry, including a huge focus on energy reduction and new technologies, WM Dyer Electrical believe that young people are the future. The industry needs apprentices not only to soak up the knowledge and experience of experienced engineers, but to promote and move forward with the new.
The first thing that springs to mind when looking to employee apprentices is cost saving. There is an obvious saving over employing apprentices than a fully qualified engineer. However, there is a satisfaction of watching a young person develop, and to know you have helped and assisted in their learning path towards being qualified is a great feeling. We really have ‘all been there’ at some point in our careers – the team at WM Dyer think it’s great to nurture employees and to watch them grow, along with the skills and talent they obtain and promote on behalf of the company.
WM Dyer Electrical believe that the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages of employing apprentices. Generally, apprentices have a lack of experience, require a higher amount of supervision and don’t have a great deal of safety awareness. They do however give the company a competitive edge, produce an excellent return on investment and provide skills for the future. Clients favour using companies with apprenticeships in place which produces more business and apprentices assist in a higher employee retention rate, with over 90% of WM Dyer’s employee’s remaining with the company once qualified.
William Dyer, Managing Director said:
“William Dyer Electrical UK Ltd have promoted and engaged with apprentices for over 20 years and are now currently taking on 6 new apprentices per annum to ensure steady company growth and skills for the future”
“Apprentices are the life blood of the company and we are very proud to be a forward thinking company”