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THE next generation of engineers has been welcomed by international M&E consultancy CPW as part of its long-standing apprenticeship programme, with a total of 12 trainees joining the company ranks in this year’s intake.

The Leicester office has welcomed apprentice Sol Brookes, demonstrating its commitment to engaging and upskilling promising young students. Sol will develop his skills as an engineer and gain practical experience working on world-class projects, specialising in sustainable mechanical and electrical engineering.

Established more than twenty years ago, CPW’s apprenticeship programme is committed to nurturing home-grown talent and bridging the skills gap by taking on apprentices straight out of school, college, and university. More than 15% of its workforce is currently part of the apprenticeship program, making up a total of 35 across a variety of levels in all offices, and solidifying its investment into the next generation of engineers.

Sol said: “I choose engineering as a career because I truly believe that sector has such a big impact on the future and impact on the environment. After finding CPW through the government apprenticeship website, I was impressed by the amount of carbon neutral projects the firm works on, which definitely inspired me to apply.

“Since I’ve started at CPW, I’ve already been supporting on many projects and I’m enjoying the independence afforded to me with each one, but I am also loving working within the team. The atmosphere in the Leicester office is great as everyone is friendly and communicates really well so I'm looking forward to developing my career here.”

CPW is an international M&E consultancy with more than 240 staff based across 11 offices – including Solihull, Bristol, Derby, Huntingdon, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, and Nottingham as well as in Poland and India.

To join the CPW programme, apprentices must demonstrate a sound ability in maths and science, due to the technical nature of being an engineer, but also a passion and desire to be part of a team and develop a career.

CPW is dedicated to developing young people and see it as its inherent responsibility to create professionals that will go on to shape the country’s engineering future. With a culture based on collaboration and sharing knowledge, CPW strives to not only offer an environment that nurtures growth but offer opportunity wherever possible. As such, CPW funds higher education qualifications including bachelor’s and master’s degrees to enable its staff to gain invaluable knowledge, closely supporting them throughout the process.

Wayne Eustace, director at CPW, oversees the apprenticeship program. He said: “We pride ourselves at CPW on leading the way in supporting and nurturing the talent of future engineers. Through our various programmes of traineeships, apprenticeships, and vocational training, we are witnessing first-hand the positive impact we can have on young people as they start their careers while crucially bridging the skills gap within the construction sector.

“In the last ten years alone, we’ve brought close to 100 new engineers into the industry through our training and development schemes and some of our directors even began as CPW trainees. This year we are proud to have our most diverse cohort yet with more women and people from minority backgrounds than ever before. It’s a part of the business we’re really proud of and we’re thrilled to welcome our 12 new recruits and help plug the industry skills gap with our homegrown talent.”
Matthew Wrate, director in the Leicester office, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Sol to the Leicester team and am confident that he will gain valuable experience and industry insight at CPW. We have a really experienced team here in Leicester who are working on some truly fantastic projects, so our apprentices definitely get a hands approach to learning and we’re looking forward to supporting Sol as he progresses.”

CPW specialises in designing and integrating a full range of energy solutions into existing and new buildings to deliver cutting edge sustainable solutions that are not only energy efficient but financially and environmentally sustainable for clients.

For further information visit or follow @CPWengineering on Twitter.

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