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25 Apr 2017

Investing in Future Professionals

We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we have a vested interest in training and developing individuals to help them reach greater heights in their careers. In view of the recent National Apprentice Week, we decided to shed some light on our young and talented apprentices who currently work at Alco.  

Every year, we recruit a number of apprentices for our engineering and sales departments. Upon their start, they are trained by our very experienced and knowledgeable staff members. This training period allows them to get accustomed to the business and the work environment. We currently have apprentices in various departments such as valve assembly, testing, inspection and sales.

These apprenticeships have proven to be greatly successful, as they provide students with hands-on experience in their field of interest, while at the same time creating a learning environment with the added benefit of networking with people within the industry.  

We spoke to Jordan Clavin, who is in his final year of apprenticeship. He said, “It’s been a good three years, I have got the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a field I enjoy working in. I have had the chance to learn from very knowledgeable staff members and have made friends along the way. Alco is also in the process of supporting me through my HNC (Higher National Certificate) which I am extremely thankful for.” Peter Baxendale (Group Production Director) commented, “We are very proud of Jordan and all that he has achieved at Alco Valves Group.”  

Jay Smith, who is one of our newest apprentices also shared his experience by saying, “I’m really enjoying the work so far. I’m getting to learn so much and the atmosphere at work is really great.”

Some of the other apprentices shared their experiences too:

“It is a great experience so far, I’m doing things I never thought I would be able to before. Getting to meet and learn from very experienced staff members is adding all the more value to my apprenticeship. Going further it is definitely going to be challenging, however, with all the training I’m being given, I’m certain that I will rise to every one of them.” – Kulvir Singh, 1st-year Apprentice

“In the past two years, I have had the chance to build so many valves and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The biggest valve I built weighed a tonne. I get along with everyone and it is a great work place. All the training I have had in the past two years has enhanced my knowledge about the Oil and Gas Industry. As I progress through my career I would like to work in oil rigs and I believe that working at Alco will prepare me for it.” Christopher Briggs, 2nd-year Apprentice

“I like the atmosphere at work, I enjoy the hands-on experience I’m getting and it is also giving me the chance to apply my theoretical knowledge into practice. We get a lot of training from our seniors, which is very helpful as I am in my first year of Apprenticeship. I’m looking forward to the next few years at Alco.” – Jamie Wheelwright, 1st-year Apprentice.  

We are very proud of all our apprentices at Alco and all that they have achieved. We eagerly look towards working with many more talented individuals through programmes such as these. We wish all our apprentices the very best of luck for their future.


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