Training the Wright way

Birmingham company launches new apprentice training programme.

Birmingham-based mechanical and electrical services specialist JS Wright has launched a new training programme to help its apprentices fast-track their way up the career ladder.

The JS Wright Experience will complement existing academic and work-based college courses to provide the company’s technical trainees with the all-round knowledge and skills to become high-flying corporate engineers.

Dedicated mentors from within the company, which has its headquarters in Aston and offices in Bristol and London, will guide and support the trainees in understanding and experiencing the company’s values, processes and procedures, and help them develop their leadership and communication skills.

Over the four-year course each apprentice will follow a monitored schedule of working in different office departments from contracts and design to aftercare, and on site in areas including commissioning, quality and health and safety. They will also get to learn industry design regulations and become involved in supplier and manufacturer visits and client networking as stakeholders in the business, attend mandatory training courses, and carry out a yearly in-house project that will also provide evidence for college qualifications.

The JS Wright Experience has resulted from consultation with academic qualification providers and former apprentices, who will also be able to take advantage of the programme to hone their managerial skills as mentors.

The concept of the programme has already led to JS Wright being nominated for the 2018 H&V News Training Initiative of the Year Award and contributed to nominations for this year’s Building Services Contractor of the Year and Domestic Heating Contractor of the Year awards.

Terence McLaughlin, associate director who is leading the programme, said: “The JS Wright Experience is aimed at developing highly qualified fully rounded technical engineers who want to succeed. It will provide the opportunity for technical apprentices to either go on to further education or set out on accelerated career paths.”

Managing director Marcus Aniol added: “Our high-quality apprentices are a key component of our future and this new programme will ensure that our company remains the best in the business.”