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Apprentices Are a Cornerstone of Our Business

As a company, we’re committed to welcoming the next generation to the electrical and mechanical sector, and in creating new employment opportunities for local youngsters.

Which is why we’ve worked in partnership with electrical and plumbing training provider, JTL and Total People, to offer apprenticeships to five aspiring individuals, Michael Woolley, Alan Wedge, Joshua Joyce, Scott James, and Thomas Hammond.

Michael was awarded third place at this year’s industry-recognised NICEIC Apprenticeship Awards, and was whittled down from 500 applicants after succeeding in an online exam, an in-depth tender analysis, and judging on his practical knowledge.

He began his apprenticeship at another organisation through Total People, before approaching Orton Group in his second year to seek a more suited skills opportunity. We offered him a position and are pleased to be supporting him in completing his training.

Both Alan and Joshua, who live in the Wolverhampton area, will be taking on a completely new challenge, coming on board without any previous experience in the electrical sector, while Scott has been offered a full-time position after working for the company’s domestic division as a sub-contractor for two years. Thomas was appointed with the aim of supporting him through his apprenticeship and enhancing his future career opportunities.

Andrew Lowe, MD of Orton Group, explained: “We have, and always will be, passionate about providing apprenticeships to young people and in encouraging the next generation to develop successful careers within the electrical and mechanical sector. As a former Electrical apprentice myself, I set up the business when I was 21 and apprenticeships have been a cornerstone in the success of our business in the 25 years since.”

Current apprentices at the firm include Joshua Butler, Thomas O’Hara and George Parton, who are each in their second year of training. In 2013, Orton Group’s apprentice Mike Calleia represented the West Midlands at the JTL Regional Awards, and won the coveted title of Best Apprentice. Like most former apprentices at Orton, he chose to stay on after completing, testament to our progressive career opportunities and business culture.

“We ensure that we employ each and every one of our apprentices upon successful completion of their training, and we’re thrilled to welcome Michael, Alan, Joshua, Scott and Thomas to the team. We’re positive they’ll each do very well in their roles, and we wish them all the success,” Andy concluded.

To find out more, please visit the Apprenticeships page.

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