Wiltshire heating and plumbing company CentraHeat has been given official endorsement at a prestigious awards ceremony, which recognises employers’ commitment to apprenticeships.
CentraHeat, based in Royal Wootton Bassett, was runner up at the South West Regional Apprenticeship Awards, for the Small Business Employer of the Year category. The company was pipped to the post, but still came second, beating off stiff opposition from other contenders.
The annual awards, now in their 13th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service, which funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England.
Lee Flanagan, founder and managing director of CentraHeat said he, and his team, were delighted by this recognition of their commitment to developing talent in the sector.
“We’ve always been committed to apprenticeships as a fantastic route to a fulfilling career,” he said. “I was an apprentice and am passionate about promoting these opportunities to young people.
“As a business, it’s important to bring in and nurture young talent to ensure the needs of the sector are met now and in the future. Employing an apprentice brings so much to the business as it engenders commitment, provides opportunity for development, creates business growth and keeps a team fresh as everyone brings something new to the table.”
CentraHeat was set up in 2011 and has grown from a sole trader to a limited company with 11 employees. This growth has been supported and sustained by apprenticeships; of the seven engineers, three are apprentices.
From when the company was first launched, Lee planned to recruit apprentices, because he trained through the apprenticeship programme himself and saw first-hand how well it can work for both employer and trainee. The programme has helped make it possible for the business to grow.
Lee added: “Offering an apprenticeship will take a business in all sorts of directions it may not have envisaged – so both the employee and the employer make considerable gains.”
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, giving young people and adults the chance they deserve to get on and fulfil their potential.”
For more information about CentraHeat, visit www.centraheat.co.uk or call 01793 878636.
Pictured above: Lee Flanagan, managing director of CentraHeat