Apprenticeship benefits clear for Eastbourne business

11 June 2015     JTL

For any business, building for the future means investing in people as well as capital. Tectonic Digital Systems, based in Eastbourne, are no different, and are yet another company who are using JTL apprenticeships to aid their business growth.

Formed in 1989 by Managing Director Nigel May, Tectonic Digital Systems is currently based on the Courtland Road Industrial Estate in Eastbourne. Nigel drew on his experience in television systems and satellite receivers in setting up the company, before moving into the wider electrical installation and electrical maintenance industry in 1995, allowing them to address the needs of a range of both commercial and domestic clients.

Their current catchment area is across East Sussex, with particular strength in the coastal areas from Worthing through to Hastings.

In keeping up with modern technologies, Nigel’s business has had to grow and extend across a range of services, including data management, fibre optics and home automation. With this, making additions to the working team have been vital, and two JTL electrical apprentices have now joined the company.

“It was not easy finding competent electrical engineers who wanted to work in our ways, so I explored the option of taking on an apprentice”, Nigel explained.

“I approached Sussex Downs College and they in turn put me in touch with JTL, who are the country’s largest provider of apprenticeship training in our sector.”

Tectonic Digital Systems two electrical apprentices are currently in the first of their four-year journey to becoming fully qualified electricians. Will Booker and Adam Barr attend college one day each week, spending the rest of their time on-site, working with Nigel and his two experienced electrical colleagues. Nigel’s daughter Rhian also joined the company at the end of 2014, bringing additional depth and skill to the customer service area of the business.

“I never believe you should employ someone to leave”, Nigel continues. “I consider our time and attention to developing talent now will produce sizeable benefits for both our business and the young men. Will and Adam are certainly covering their cost now, but in a further two years time I believe that the decision to engage them will have been the most cost-effective solution to our staffing needs.”

JTL Training Officer Steve Allcorn assists Nigel and his colleagues in assessing and managing the onward training of the two apprentices. Engaging with the apprentices through JTL has cost Tectonic no more than working directly with the College would have done, and the support service from the training provider enhances the likelihood of full qualification at the end of the four-year level three electrical apprenticeship programme.

Apprentices Adam Barr and Will Booker with Tectonic Digital Systems Managing Director Nigel May

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