Apprenticeships Case Studies
Derry Building Services - Employer Case Study
Derry Building Services Limited employs over 220 people across two offices in Birmingham and Newark. The firm is one of the most technically advanced Mechanical and Electrical Design and Build Contractors in the UK and recently started working with Leeds College of Building as part of its commitment to the development and training of talented people.
The company currently has eight apprentices training with Leeds College of Building on its Heating & Ventilation (Industrial & Commercial) Apprenticeship. They are all either studying towards a Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ Diploma, and spend either five or six, two week blocks, studying at College every year.
Brian Hughes, Director at Derry Building Services Limited says: “We take a lot of pride in how our apprentices are trained and it’s very reassuring to be working with such an experienced provider like Leeds College of Building. The College has a proven track record for delivering excellent quality and consistently high levels of training and support. In fact, we have already recommended Leeds College of Building to another regional business as a result of our positive experience.”
All of the apprentices will spend either two or four years on the course and then have the opportunity to progress onto higher education levels at the College. The training covers all areas of design and installation as well as the commission of large heating and air conditioning systems into a wide range of buildings including offices, hospitals, schools, shopping centres and leisure complexes.
With detailed training on everything from installing water and heating systems through to pipework installations, system testing and design, it’s both a very practical and highly technical course.
Brian adds: “Having the right people in place with relevant skill-sets and training is absolutely vital in a business like ours. We are different to most other Mechanical and Electrical Contractors because we directly employ all our people, which gives us complete control over every stage of a project including the aftercare. That way we feel we can give our clients continuity of service from our initial estimate to the final handover of the system, and it’s through quality training and development of our people that we can deliver this.
“Leeds College of Building is allowing us to make good on our promise of only having the most talented and highly qualified people on our books, and we are very much looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with the College as we continue to invest in the next generation of experts within the building services industry.”
Derry Building Services Limited has recently been recognised in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list. This list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.