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National Apprenticeship Week at RDM Installations

It’s National Apprenticeship Week in the UK this week and we thought it would be a great idea to take the opportunity to talk about why apprenticeship schemes are so important to us here at RDM Installation Ltd, and why we value them as a means of training our staff…

So what is National Apprenticeship Week and why do we need it?

With so much focus on classroom-based learning, there’s been a nationwide push to refocus attention towards valuable on-the-job training schemes like apprenticeships. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training for young people who want to learn a skilled profession such as engineering or manufacturing. There are certain skills that can’t always be taught in a classroom setting and certain professions that are much better to be learnt on the job – industrial electrical installations is undoubtedly one of those.

So why do RDM particularly focus on apprenticeship schemes?

At RDM installations we choose to hire apprentices not only because learning from experience is the best way to train electrical engineers, but also due to our commitment to investing heavily in developing our staff’s skills and personal development. An apprenticeship allows us to take young individuals and train them in the RDM installations way of doing things – with a focus on quality and problem solving that puts us ahead of the competition.

Once we take an apprentice on board, we make as much of a commitment to them as they do to us, and we work hard to provide them with a stimulating career path with lots of opportunity for progression and growth. Personal and career development are a significant part of the RDM ethos, and we believe that dedicating time and resources into our staff will allow us to reap the rewards of a having a highly skilled and thriving workforce. From experience, we know that having staff with a great level of job satisfaction means they provide the absolute best service possible to our clients.

Meet our apprentices…

At RDM installations we have recently taken on two new apprentices, Shaun, 17, and Connor, 18. We asked them how they have enjoyed their experience working for RDM installations so far, and why they think apprenticeship schemes are beneficial and an important option for students today.

Shaun said about his experience at RDM installations so far: “I always knew that I wanted to do an apprenticeship rather than staying on in school, I’m much more of a hands-on person and I couldn’t wait to get out into the world of work. Even though I’ve only been here a few weeks I’ve learnt so much and the team have been so welcoming and helpful.”

Connor tells us: “I really like the varied work RDM Installations do. I’ve been learning about the manufacturing of control panels from RDM’s sister company Pace Automated Systems, and this will help my approach when it comes to doing installation jobs. We’ve got our first on-site job planned this week and I can’t wait!”

To learn more about RDM’s staff ethos read our recent blog here. You can also find out more about vacancies and upcoming career opportunities at RDM here.

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