On track for continued success

03 February 2015     JTL

Orton Electrical Services Ltd, based at Wombourne near Wolverhampton, firmly believes its success is down to hiring quality staff who acquire key trade skills from taking the apprenticeship route.

Like JTL, the company celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it has been working with JTL in taking on electrical apprentices and developing their careers since its inception in 1990. Today the business has a turnover of £7.8 million, directly employs 38 qualified tradespeople and gains added support from sub-contractors who are able to meet its impressive standards of quality workmanship and customer service.

Orton Electrical works on high -profile projects across the country and has incorporated a rail business that began with work at Birmingham’s New Street Station to create the headquarters’ building of British Transport Police for Network Rail. In addition, work at Milton Keynes Station is now a regular showpiece for ‘Hall of Fame’ component suppliers. “We have looked to create a one-stop solution for clients,” said Operations Director Kevin Davies, “and the key point is that our staff have taken real ownership of the projects and feel committed to their success. Our development as a business is almost entirely dependent on recruiting people

with the right attitude.” The company has recruited four apprentices every year for the past few years, often through JTL, and appreciates the support the JTL Training Officer gives with recruitment and selection.

As standard, every candidate who registers through JTL has to pass the rigorous selection process which includes an interview and Initial Assessment. Approximately one in 10 of these will make JTL’s Approved Applicant list, giving employers a list of quality candidates to interview and choose from. Once recruited, apprentices start earning immediately; many believe this gives them a viable alternative to university and getting in debt. They’ll spend four days working on site and one day at a local JTL-approved college learning theory and doing practical workshop sessions.

In 2013, Orton Electrical apprentice Mike Calleia represented the West Midlands at the JTL Regional Awards and won the coveted title of Best Apprentice. Mike attended the Advanced Technology Centre at Stourbridge College while doing his apprenticeship. Like almost all former apprentices from the company, he chose to stay on after completing, a tribute to the progressive working environment and business culture.


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