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CPW welcomes next generation of engineers to East Mids offices

CPW welcomes next generation of engineers to East Mids offices

The next generation of engineers has been welcomed by international M&E consultancy CPW as part of its long-standing apprenticeship programme, with a total of 12 trainees joining the company ranks in this year’s intake.

The East Midlands has welcomed four new apprentices, demonstrating its commitment to engaging and upskilling promising young students, with Adam Lloyd and Shabaz Baz joining Nottingham, Sol Brookes in Leicester and Charley Steeples joining the Derby office. All apprentices will develop their skills as engineers and gain practical experience working on world-class projects, specialising in sustainable mechanical and electrical engineering.

Established more than twenty years ago, CPW’s apprenticeship programme is committed to nurturing home-grown talent and bridging the skills gap by taking on apprentices straight out of school, college, and university. More than 15% of its workforce is currently part of the apprenticeship program, making up a total of 35 across a variety of levels in all offices, and solidifying its investment into the next generation of engineers.

Adam said:

“I was applying for various opportunities online when I stumbled upon CPW, and after doing my research about the company I was keen to join the team. With numerous offices across the UK and abroad, availability for career progression, and brilliant staff testimonials it looked like a fantastic place to work, and I realised that this could be a company where my skills as a natural problem solver could be built upon in a meaningful way.

“Since joining CPW, the team has been fantastic at supporting and upskilling myself and the other apprentices and I’m learning so much from them. I’m really enjoying both the work and being in the office as the variation and diversity of tasks has really helped me to increase my productivity so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and progressing in my career.”

CPW is an international M&E consultancy with more than 240 staff based across 11 offices – including Solihull, Bristol, Derby, Huntingdon, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, and Nottingham as well as in Poland and India.

Ash Cowdrey, director in the East Midlands, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Adam, Shabaz, Sol, and Charley to the team and am confident that all apprentices will gain valuable experience and industry insight at CPW. We have a really experienced team here in the East Midlands who are working on some truly fantastic projects, so our trainees definitely get a hands approach to learning and we’re looking forward to supporting them as they progress.”

To join the CPW programme, apprentices must demonstrate a sound ability in maths and science, due to the technical nature of being an engineer, but also a passion and desire to be part of a team and develop a career. 

CPW is dedicated to developing young people and see it as its inherent responsibility to create professionals that will go on to shape the country’s engineering future. With a culture based on collaboration and sharing knowledge, CPW strives to not only offer an environment that nurtures growth but offer opportunity wherever possible. As such, CPW funds higher education qualifications including bachelor’s and master’s degrees to enable its staff to gain invaluable knowledge, closely supporting them throughout the process.

Wayne Eustace, director at CPW, oversees the apprenticeship program. He said:

“We pride ourselves at CPW on leading the way in supporting and nurturing the talent of future engineers. Through our various programmes of traineeships, apprenticeships, and vocational training, we are witnessing first-hand the positive impact we can have on young people as they start their careers while crucially bridging the skills gap within the construction sector.

“In the last ten years alone, we’ve brought close to 100 new engineers into the industry through our training and development schemes and some of our directors even began as CPW trainees. This year we are proud to have our most diverse cohort yet with more women and people from minority backgrounds than ever before. It’s a part of the business we’re really proud of and we’re thrilled to welcome our 12 new recruits and help plug the industry skills gap with our homegrown talent.”

CPW specialises in designing and integrating a full range of energy solutions into existing and new buildings to deliver cutting edge sustainable solutions that are not only energy efficient but financially and environmentally sustainable for clients.

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