As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this week, we took a visit to our newly refurbished CMB workshop in Cardiff where our first-fourth year apprentices undergo their training, in between attending college and working onsite on a number of our different projects.
Pictured below are our third year apprentices, Jack Roberts, installing LTHW services to feed VT system and operating a threading machine for second fix of radiators, Josh Oliver, removing a bottle trap on the basin and Ethan Thomas due to undertake positional weld on a bench.
These are just 3 of our 16 apprentices we currently have training at CMB as well as an additional 3 in our Bristol division.
Apprenticeships aren’t just something we say we prioritise at CMB, but are in fact something we make a conscious effort to support and develop upon, including by regularly attending careers events to showcase the business and industry to young people considering going into engineering.
Apprenticeships have been instrumental within the formation and development of our business, with a 95% apprentice retention record in the company and an incredible 10 of our 14 directors (including our founder and Managing Director Steve Borley), having started off as apprentices – but as our Bristol MD, Craig Baker, added, “As important as the quantity of apprentices is, the quality of training and ensuring we guide them throughout their training is far more important”.
We look forward to continuing investing in the next generation of engineers and promoting this valuable and skilled pathway to career development.