Oxford contractor Lowe & Oliver backs apprentices with new training centre
Oxford-based electrical and mechanical contractor Lowe & Oliver has marked National Apprenticeship Week with the launch of its new ‘centre for excellence’.
The centre will host the firm’s roster of around 30 apprentices alongside dozens more from across central and southern England.
It features a classroom as well as six bays – five electrical and one mechanical – each with demo equipment to simulate a real site.
Fred Lowe, director of Lowe & Oliver, said: “We’re delighted to have this centre up and running with our year one apprentices already on location.
“The skills shortage is a crisis which is only growing, and we’re determined to play our part in helping to develop the next generation of engineers.
“It’s particularly rewarding for us to able open the doors of this facility just as the company has celebrated 100 years in the industry – an achievement which is almost unheard of.
“We’re all looking forward to our apprentices taking full advantage of having such an advanced facility on their doorstep, and are hoping to bolster those numbers throughout 2024 by bringing in more apprentices than ever before from local schools and colleges.”
Chairman Paul Tuson added that the centre follows the curriculum for the electrical and mechanical traditional apprenticeship at NVQ Level 2, 3 and above.
He added: “The basis of our training is designed to add support to the levels, and beyond that, already provided by an apprentice’s existing training provider and current college facility.”