Bradford Shopfitter On The Look Out For New Apprentices

PEC, a Bradford-based contracting, manufacturing and shopfitting firm, is recruiting six new apprentices in joinery, decorating, electrical and plumbing.

The company, which last month opened a London office in Mayfair, offers commercial fit-out, refurbishment, bespoke joinery manufacture and project management to UK and European clients in the public and private sectors. Its impressive client list includes Magnet, Homebase, Kwik-Fit, Crown Paints, Morrisons, Bupa, Q Park, Jewsons, Villeroy & Boch, Aagrah Restaurants and NHS Trusts.

PEC Managing Director, Sohan Panesar, said: “We’ve employed apprentices since the 1990’s and in the past two years have invested £100,000 in training. We firmly believe that local businesses have a responsibility to nurture local talent and build teams who can help them grow.”

One of PEC’s existing apprentices Chris Wood scooped the title of Apprentice of the Year at the York College Construction Awards 2012. Chris completed his Level 2 NVQ in Joinery with York College and will be starting his Level 3 NVQ this year.

“Chris has been a fantastic apprentice who always turns up at work on time, is very pleasant, smart and polite and a very hard worker who really enjoys learning new skills,” said Lindsey Smith, HSQE and Relationship Manager at PEC.

Fellow apprentice Adam Johnson, 19, works in PEC’s 35,000 sq ft bespoke joinery division, where the manufacturing team can make anythingfrom a simple door and frame to a complex circular reception counter. Recent projects include medical furniture and shelving for a ward refurbishment at Bradford Hospital, and a staircase and bespoke units for Asian fashion retailer, Lilly’s Boutique on Bradford Lane.

Adamis in his third and final year at Leeds College of Building, where he’s studying Shopfitting and Bench Joinery.

“Apprenticeships are ideal as you get to go to college once a week and to work and experience the job first hand. I am extremely lucky that my employer PEC is continuing with my qualifications and I’ll also be getting trained in AutoCAD and SolidWorks,” says Adam.

To find out more about the six apprenticeships, call 01274 686668 for an application form.