Supporting our apprentices through lockdown

Leading gas, plumbing and electrical training company Steve Willis Training has been working hard to ensure that all customers and staff are supported through this difficult time.

This support is particularly important for the young apprentices at the start of their careers. Steve Willis Training currently has over 300 gas engineering and electrical apprentices training at their two centres in Burgess Hill, West Sussex and Portchester, near Portsmouth. The apprenticeships team have created a revised delivery model for remote learning. They have also phoned every apprentice to discuss their wellbeing and their employment position, and will continue to talk to them all on a weekly basis to make sure they’re okay.

Apprenticeships manager Jake Gibbons explained: “Our Apprenticeships Team has done a fantastic job devising remote training programmes to minimise the disruption for our apprentices during the lockdown. The training centre is certainly quiet without them on site, and we’re looking forward to seeing them all again soon.”

“This is a worrying time for all our valued customers, whether they employ apprentices or come to us for their short courses. We have been able to reassure them that the training and assessment they need for their professional qualifications will be rearranged as soon as the lockdown is lifted.”

Managing director Steve Willis said: “This is a challenging time for all businesses, and we’re doing all we can to support our customers. We’ll be opening our gates again as soon as we can, and we’re currently planning all the changes that will be needed to ensure a safe working environment.

“So while it’s not quite business as usual, we’re certainly making sure the high standards of service we’re known for are maintained until we can open our doors once again.”