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SES takes on new crop of apprentices

Building services contractor SES has taken 25 pupils from local schools on to its Advanced Modern Apprentice programme. SES has inducted 120 young people in the last three years.

Aged from 16 to 22, recruits will be trained in heating; ventilation; plumbing and electrical installation at Leeds College of Building.

Richard Leese, mechanical tutor from Leeds College of Building said: “This programme equips the youngsters with the training, knowledge and practical experience they need to make it in the m&e industry. Over a four year period, they participate in a specifically customised course, which provides them with a good balance of theory and hands-on experience.”

Each apprentice is assigned to one of SES’s eight business units across the country, where they will join teams working projects such as Building Schools for the Future and hospital builds.

Lisa Stevenson, HR director for SES said: “SES has a strategy built on taking long term decisions. This is the real test of sustainability for a business. The last thing that we will be doing is taking knee-jerk decisions, such as cutting training levels - it just doesn't make sense.

“We are here for the long term and bringing bright young people into our business and giving them a satisfying and rewarding career is part of our long term commitment to the industry, our staff and our clients.

“Previous apprentices have gone on to take roles in all parts of our business, and to a very senior level. I know we are already hearing about competitors cutting back in certain areas of their business, but for us, this latest intake of apprentices is a clear statement of our intent. We will make the right decisions, however hard they may seem to be at the time.“