No need to be alarmed at the success of Newport company’s apprentices

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Crimewatch Alarms Ltd and C W Electrical directors Andrew Hutchins and Rachel Meese-Kendall with apprentices Lewis Rowlands and Taylor McGowan

Crimewatch Alarms Ltd and C W Electrical directors Andrew Hutchins and Rachel Meese-Kendall with apprentices Lewis Rowlands and Taylor McGowan

A family run business for 30 years, Crimewatch Alarms Ltd and CW Electrical based in Newport has placed training and development at the top of its agenda since it was formed.

Founder and managing director Harry Meese recognised the shortage of quality, skilled engineers in the electrical contracting industry and knew in order to produce a high quality workforce it would have to be developed organically within the business.

With the growth of the company, the apprenticeship programme expanded and it has between five and 12 apprentices within the business at any one time.

Now the company has been shortlisted for the Small Employer of the Year award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on October 20.

Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, employers and learning providers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships, Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeship programmes. The awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

“In the last few years, we estimate that year-on-year at least five per cent of the company’s turnover has been channeled into the training and development of our highly, multi-skilled workforce, making us quite a unique entity in our field of work,” said Rachel Meese-Kendall, a director at Crimewatch Alarms Ltd.

The company has grown its internal training capacities after entering framework agreements more than 10 years ago and opened a training suite with apprentices in mind. Its framework provides an NVQ Level 3 apprenticeship.

The company works with its training provider Coleg QS to provide the best possible training for its apprentices. “Without the continued support of our training service provider we would not have a continued stream of excellent individuals coming into our company framework,” added Rachel.

The company has also provided training to apprentices employed by other contractors and clients.

Wales’ Minister for Skills and Science Julie James congratulated Crimewatch Alarms Ltd and C. W. Electrical and the other 32 shortlisted award finalists. “We are proud to be delivering one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in Europe with success rates in Wales remaining well above 80 per cent,” she said.

“Developing skilled people is vital for our economy. We have some truly exceptional apprentices here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Equally important are the learning providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices.”

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