Gloucestershire's Apprenticeship Champions 2019

More than 50 years of growing our own

We took on our first apprentice in 1949 and have always believed in giving talented and ambitious young people the chance to shine, writes Marion Mitchell, business support director at CF Roberts. We offer them training programmes with a purpose, training that leads to jobs and fulfilling careers. Our managing director started with us as an apprentice, as did his deputy, and in total 18 former apprentices now occupy senior management roles within our business. When we’re recruiting, which we do every year, we are just as interested in character and commitment as academic qualifications. We want people who ‘go the extra yard’ and in return, anyone joining CF Roberts can see opportunity and a bright future ahead of them. Of course, securing formal qualifications is important, but we offer so much more to our apprentices. Over the years we have expanded the content of our training and identified and developed individual talents. We train and invest in the person not the apprentice, and as a consequence we have earned special recognition from our industry body, the Electrical Contractors Association. We offer electrical and mechanical apprenticeships

in four different disciplines, we added heating and ventilation in 2017 and our Level 3 apprenticeship is of ‘Trailblazer’ standard and diploma level. And we think it is just as important that our apprentices learn about our customers, suppliers and construction partners too. We all need to understand each others' drivers and brand values, because success in our business is all about teamwork and effective collaboration. That’s why ‘growing our own’ works for everybody. It gives us the opportunity to shape and control our own future, year-on-year it offers fantastic opportunities to the young people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and perhaps most importantly, it gives our clients the reassurance that whatever the challenge they give us, we have the skills, capacity and resources to cope l CF Roberts: Cheltenham 01242 571100, Hereford 01432 273579,

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