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With the aim of employing hundreds of apprentices, Pimlico Plumbers has announced plans to open a dedicated training academy, which will be based at the company’s headquarters in Lambeth, South London.
The announcement coincides with the induction of the latest tranche of eight new plumbing and heating trainees, taking the total number of apprentices in the business to 83.
The Pimlico Apprenticeship Training Centre will enable the company to provide all the theory and practical skills required to qualify as a trade apprentice.
Working with training and education providers, as well as directly-employed experienced trainers, the centre will recruit and train the young people, providing the opportunity to work alongside Pimlico’s team of tradespeople in disciplines such as plumbing and heating, electrics, carpentry and construction.
Pimlico’s latest group of apprentices will spend four days a week training on the job with the company’s plumbing and heating engineers, with one day at one of the company’s approved colleges.
CEO Charlie Mullins sats: “Opening a Pimlico Apprenticeship Training Centre is a tall order, but it has been my dream for years, and worth every penny it has cost to build a home-grown talent pool of eager young people and welcome them directly into the business at the very start of their careers.
“We are inundated with applications every year and we are steadily increasing the number of apprentices we have on board to achieve our targets. Creating the centre will grow our capacity. Our aim is to [make sure] every engineer is paired with an apprentice, and at the moment we have more than 350 engineers.”