Company welcomes 20th apprentice in its 20th year

By Ben Carey on 21 May, 2024

Chippenham-based John Williams Heating Services has welcomed its 20th apprentice, coinciding with its 20th anniversary. 

18-year-old Charlie Thomas from Melksham joined the firm as a trainee heating engineer after attending Melksham Oak Community School. 

He said, “I always knew I wanted to go into a trade after I finished school, and I heard that John and Debbie’s apprenticeship takes you from nothing to a fully qualified gas engineer with a lot of effort from yourself. 

“I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone that likes getting their hands dirty, especially if you want some independence after leaving school, and some money too.

“It’s going well and I’m enjoying it. The best part is that every job is different, you’re learning new stuff each time. I’m learning pretty much everything there is to know, and I’ve been so overloaded with information, which is both fun and difficult at the same time.

“In a tricky situation on a job, I’ve learned to always ask for advice as the engineers are good at explaining how and why something has happened while treating you as an equal.”

John and Debbie Williams started their company in 2004 and have always embraced apprenticeships.

John said, “I’ve always valued hiring apprentices, training them and giving them opportunities. Apprenticeships are an important part of learning a trade and indeed valuable in many professions. Charlie has been a good addition to the team and is settling in well.”

Charlie’s apprenticeship is run in conjunction with Wiltshire College. Find out more about the range of apprenticeships on offer here

Pictured: Charlie Thomas