Training the Next Generation

Wessex Group Ltd, based in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is delighted to announce that having taken on eight new Apprentices this year, all eight have passed their first term with flying colours.

The new cohort have joined the two main businesses of Wessex Group: five with Wessex Electricals and three with Wessex Fire & Security.

The Apprenticeship programme combines on the job training with learning, with apprentices spending either a day a week or a block of weeks in the classroom. The Apprentices are not only paid a competitive rate, but also benefit from working with seasoned industry professionals, many of whom have been with the company since apprenticeship themselves.

Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship, each candidate receives a Level 3 qualification which is widely recognised by industry and will be given the opportunity to apply for a full-time position within the firm. The majority of whom join one of the businesses and go on to work with a variety of high calibre clients across residential, commercial, educational and healthcare sectors.

Simon Morgan, Wessex Group Director said, “We established the Apprenticeship programme in 1965 as we wanted to support the ambitions of the next generations in our industry. We have long since recognised the importance of addressing the skills gap and nurturing bright new talent in the electrical and fire & security sectors. We are very proud to say that we have successfully managed & supported nearly 200 Apprentices through our programme.”

Ange Roberts, People Development Manager added, “The Apprenticeship programme not only supports new talent coming into our industry sectors with technical on the job training but also provides a solid learning foundation for an industry recognised Level 3 Qualification and comprehensive in-house learning support structure. Wessex have a strategic alliance with Yeovil College, we work closely with them in house mentoring the Apprentices throughout the duration of the programmes. We have found that by immersing the Apprentices in the business, not just on the technical side but also in the team culture, that the majority choose to remain with us as full-time employees upon graduation.”

The Apprenticeship programme for 2022 opens in January, early applicants can register their interest through the website at https://www.wessexgroup.co.uk/become-an-apprentice/

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Longmead Industrial Estate,
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Shaftesbury,
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