Couch Perry Wilkes marked National Apprenticeship Week

Birmingham-based environmental building services consultancy Couch Perry & Wilkes has signalled its commitment to training the engineers of the future by taking on a further nine new apprentices. 

CPW, one of the UK’s largest dedicated environmental building services consultancies with offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol, made the announcement to coincide with last week’s national Apprenticeship Week, which is now in its fifth year.

Wayne Eustace, Director at CPW’s Birmingham Head Office, said it recognised the value of recruiting apprentices to its workforce.

In the past six years – and even through the recession – the award-winning company has taken on 31 trainees and supported 28 trainee and graduate engineers to progress to fully fledged engineers.

CPW’s training programme is such a success that in December, 2011, apprentice Adam Reilly won the prestigious Five Counties Award from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers after attaining a First Class BEng (Hons) degree from Coventry University. The degree was sponsored by CPW and Adam was supported throughout his studies.

In April last year, Chris Leavens, from CPW’s regional office in Cambridge, who worked as a apprentice mechanical engineer and was sponsored through BSc Building Services Engineering at the London South Bank University, also received a prize for best performance.

“We recognised the raw skills of our apprentices when we first took them and put in place a series of excellent support and training systems so that they could get the most out of their training to prepare them for work in this highly rewarding and competitive sector,” says Wayne.

“This country sorely needs engineers who have solid practical and academic experience and our apprenticeship scheme puts them firmly ahead of the game in terms of developing expertise and skills.

“We recognise the value that apprentices bring to our company and have been so impressed with them and how they have progressed that we are very keen to continue with the process and bring through yet another generation of talented engineers.”

Last year, CPW scooped the 2011 Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Employer of the Year Award for its commitment to developing young engineers and supporting their education.