PPSPower commits to the next generation by joining The 5% Club

PPSPower, a back-up power maintenance provider, has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club.

PPSPower Building

PPSPower has made a commitment to raise the number of engineer apprentices to over 5% of its total workforce. The company comes into the club already with 5% of the engineer workforce being on an apprenticeship course.

Apprentice Engineers at PPSPower can work in either a Mechanical Engineering capacity or be trained as an Electrical Engineer.

Lewis Thompson joined PPSPower’s UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) division as an Apprentice Electrical Engineer in April 2015. Lewis feels his training has given him a good platform to follow a career path in the electrical engineering industry and hopes to develop into a key member of the PPSPower UPS team.


He comments, “PPSPower has been a great place to start my career, being part of a developing forward thinking business provides lots of opportunities to get involved in challenging projects. Since joining PPSPower I have worked with some highly experienced engineers who have helped me to improve on my electrical knowledge, especially within the UPS arena. My confidence is growing by the day and I have been well supported by the team here.”

YorPower Leeds 27 April 2011

YorPower Leeds 27 April 2011

PPSPower recognises the importance of investing in its employees, Stephen Peal, Director, PPSPower explains “We believe our people are not just an invaluable asset but a real differentiator for us. Bringing people in at a young age means that our strong customer service values can be taught from the start and we can trust our engineers to deliver an exceptional service to our customers. That’s why we continue to invest in our people and supporting The 5% Club is another way for us to develop a culture of constant improvement by supporting the next generation.”

To find out more about PPS and the opportunities it offers please visit the website www.ppspower.com

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Chris Eckert, Packing Automation Ltd, Shortlisted for the Semta Apprentice of the Year Award

Chris Eckert, electrical engineer apprentice at Packaging Automation Ltd (PA) was recently shortlisted for the Semta Apprentice of the Year Award. We heard from Chris about his experiences to date and what the future holds for him.

“I began my engineering career with Packaging Automation Ltd (PA), leading manufacturers of reliable, versatile and cost effective filling and tray sealing solutions, in August 2011.


During my three year apprenticeship I have spent the majority of my time working in the factory and gaining invaluable experience in all sectors of the company, from the design sector to systems, fabrication, service, machine assembly, wiring and the machine shop.

As part of this scheme I have also been working towards engineering qualifications at a tailored college course in order that I gain the necessary credential to progress as an engineer within the company.

I am now in the third year of my apprenticeship and have so far achieved an NVQ Level 2.

Packaging Automation is passionate about apprenticeships and they have invested in my training and personal development over the past three years. I have particularly enjoyed working on the range of different products that PA manufacture as well as accompanying engineers to customers’ sites to deal with faults and breakdowns.

I am constantly challenged by the work and encouraged to develop my skills as an engineer in an environment where I am supported and coached to be the best I can be. Most importantly, I have always felt like an equal and valuable member of the team.

I have recently been shortlisted for the Semta Apprentice of the Year Award which is a huge honour. It feels great that my hard work and academic achievements have been recognised at this level. I very much hope that this nomination will highlight the brilliant work and great effort PA Ltd do to invest in young people, like myself, and our future.

I am very much looking forward to attending the award ceremony in February and hearing about the achievements of all the other nominees and the great things apprentices can do.”


For more than 25 years, Packaging Automation has been offering high quality engineering apprenticeships to young school leavers. These apprenticeships offer a genuine opportunity to recruits to gain a recognized engineering qualification with full time employment at the end.

PA is proud of its apprentice scheme which enables it to ‘grow’ its own talent and identify the individuals who will become the managers, machinery designers, systems engineers, sales engineers, and project engineers of the future. To find out more information about PA’s apprenticeship scheme, please visit www.pal.co.uk.

To find out more information about The 5% Club, and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

BETHELL’s 10 Year Apprenticeship Scheme Celebrated with New Entrants

This month, Bethell has welcomed five new entrants on to its well-established apprenticeship scheme in recognition and celebration of the programme’s ten year anniversary.

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These new entrants will have the opportunity to attain an NVQ2 Qualification through this apprenticeship scheme and will subsequently achieve an NVQ3 qualification. This opportunity will open many exciting doors into the working world for the apprentices as well as vital life experience to ensure they are fully prepared for a successful career.

All five apprentices have been selected from Bolton and its surrounding areas. Not only does Bethell wish to provide opportunities for youngsters entering the world of work but it continues to boost local employment opportunities through its work with the Highways Framework Partnership with Bolton Council.

Bethell Managing Director, Vinny O’Dowd has stressed the importance of investing in young people: “Our apprenticeship programme is vital in ensuring that we are adequately prepared for future skills shortages whilst at the same time supporting the local community.


Front row left to right Kester Cropper and Brandon Hayes, back row left to right Shea Roach, Ryan Crowder and Joshua Chapman

“Over the past ten years the programme has produced some outstanding tradesmen who are now amongst some of our most highly skilled and respected employees”. With this mentality, the company’s decision to join The 5% Club was a natural one.

For more information about the Bethell apprenticeship scheme please visit the company’s website www.bethell.co.uk

To find out more information about The 5% Club, and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found onTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Minister Priti Patel joins members of The 5% Club in celebrating Apprentices

On Thursday 3rd December, Employment Minister Priti Patel joined members of The 5% Club in celebrating the value apprentices hold and the importance in investing in them.


The member’s quarterly meeting, which was hosted by member Pimlico Plumbers at their Head Quarters in London, saw representatives from the campaign’s 135 member employers gather together to discuss what their companies are doing to provide great earn and learn opportunities for young people.


Within her speech at the event, Patel said “Everyone should be talking about the 5% Club. This is a fantastic initiative to ensure companies have the next generation of skilled workers, through high-quality apprenticeships and graduate schemes.” You can read Patel’s full speech here.


Pippa Morgan, head of Education and Skills at the CBI also spoke at the event on the apprenticeship levy and what it means for businesses.

Before the meeting, six selected members, QinetiQ, Pimlico Plumbers, Maylarch, Croudace, Renishaw and AWE joined trade body WAMT (Women and Manual Trades) and HR magazine People Management in discussing encouraging girls to take up training opportunities in the trade and STEM sector. You can read more on these discussions here.


Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “The event was a fantastic success and showcased what a great people network the campaign has become. Every quarter, we get together to share best practice in providing quality earn and learn opportunities for young people and it was a great opportunity for our members to get to share their thoughts with the Minister and the CBI.”


To find out more information about The 5% Club, and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Applications Open for AWE’s Prestigious Apprenticeship Scheme

AWE, the world-renowned engineering company, at the forefront of the UK nuclear deterrence programme is currently inviting applications from the brightest young talent to apply for their award winning apprenticeship scheme.


For more than 60 years AWE has proudly dedicated itself to the UK Continuous at Sea Deterrence programme and national nuclear security. To do this to the best of their ability, they have consistently ensured they nurture the right skills and expertise throughout this programme.

The AWE team is made up of highly qualified scientists, engineers and specialists all of whom work together to design, manufacture, service and maintain warheads for Royal Navy submarines.

AWE also provides intelligence and support to the UK Government by developing new innovative solutions to combat nuclear threat, proliferation and terrorism and provide an expert 24/7 emergency nuclear response unit – keeping the British Isles secure.

The company is offering full 3 year apprenticeship schemes in a variety of exciting capacities across the company:

  • Precision Machining
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Electronic
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance

Being a part of this scheme is a great way to kick-start a career. It will provide young people with all the skills and training necessary to pursue a promising career in engineering and technology. It will also give them the opportunity to occupy a very unique position – supporting the defence and security of the United Kingdom.

This is a highly prestigious apprenticeship scheme and candidates will be learning and gaining hands on experience from the most qualified engineers in the country, achieving highly credible qualifications and earning a salary at the same time.

Picture 4- Skills Academy Circa 1950

If pursuing an apprenticeship scheme with such an exciting and well-regarded company is of interest, please visit /www.awe.co.uk to learn more about how to apply for the apprenticeship scheme and read about the experiences of current apprentices.

AWE will also be holding an Apprentice Open Day at Tadley library, in Hampshire, on Tuesday 1st December from 3pm and wishes to welcome anyone interested in the scheme to come and talk to them further about it. More details of this Open Day can also be found on the AWE apprenticeship website.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailingcontactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found onTwitter and LinkedIn.