The apprenticeship programme at Darke & Taylor is fundamental to the ongoing success of the company and with the 2019 recruitment process about to start in earnest, it is an apt time to look back at all things apprenticeship that have happened over the last 12 months.
The year kicked off with a round of careers fairs at a range of schools and colleges in the local Oxfordshire area, including the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Careers Fest at MINI Plant Oxford in February. A great number of students were met, and apprenticeships were discussed, as well as many enthusiastically taking up Darke & Taylor’s ‘Trunking Challenge’ to give them a taster of some of the things they would learn as an apprentice. As a result, ten electrical apprentices, one CAD Engineer apprentice and one Structured Cabling Engineer apprentice started work in July. In addition, a new apprentice started on Darke & Taylor’s first Level 4 Building Services Engineer Apprenticeship in October, two new apprentices started on the new Fire & Security Engineer Level 4 Standard in November, and, in a first for the company, its HR Officer signed up for the Level 5 HR Partner Apprenticeship programme, making it Darke & Taylor’s first ever Level 5 apprenticeship.
Managing Director, Simon Newton, was selected as Chairman of the Thames Valley Apprentice Ambassador Network in April and was heavily involved in the launch of the Thames Valley Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) in October.
Apprenticeship awards were also prominently on the agenda with Darke & Taylor sponsoring the Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018, where our employee Matt Thomas won Apprentice Ambassador of the Year for his sterling work for the Oxfordshire Apprentice Ambassador Scheme. The team also attended the South East Region finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards in September, and were extremely proud when apprentice Conor McCarthy was named as a national finalist in the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018 and then announced as the winner of the The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Apprentice of the Year Award 2019. And we have just heard that apprentice electrician Katie Harvey has just got through to the second stage of the NICEIC ELECSA Apprentice of the Year Awards 2019.
Paul McNaughton, Chairman at Darke & Taylor, said: “We have an ongoing commitment to nurturing talent and developing skills for the future. As 2019 begins with a bang, expect much more apprenticeship news throughout the course of the year.”