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  Posted by: electime      10th October 2018

TWELVE young trainees have joined Couch Perry Wilkes’(CPW) Solihull office to take the next step in their careers as they begin their professional training at the national mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy.

The trainees will specialise in an array of areas including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, lighting, public health and finance. They will also be provided with the opportunity to complete industry-recognised qualifications as well as receive in-house mentoring from the firm’s experienced team.

CPW has a strong track record in taking on apprentices straight out of school, college or university and across the firm’s nine offices, a total of 19 trainees have recently joined the business.

Danielle Smith, the firm’s new trainee lighting designer who recently graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in textiles design, said: “I really enjoyed studying lighting within an interior design module as part of my course so I was particularly interested in the opportunity of a trainee role at CPW advertised through my university.

“Lighting design takes my existing skillset one step further as you have to ensure the end product not only looks great but is also functional and viable. Bringing my creativity into an engineering world gives a fresh perspective which I think CPW really like.

“We’ve learnt so much already on the training programme. I have been on site visiting projects and speaking to clients, which has been brilliant. Engineering isn’t very well promoted to women which needs to change as it’s definitely not just a man’s industry – so far I’ve loved every second.”

Wayne Eustace, director at CPW, said: “We pride ourselves in being ahead of the curve in supporting the next generation of engineers, offering traineeships, apprenticeships and vocational training as well as offering mentoring opportunities throughout colleges and universities across the country.

“Many of our past trainees have achieved high grades in their qualifications, which really highlights how much of an impact mentoring can have on young engineers throughout their academic studies.”

Gemma Donnelly, legal and technical advisor at CPW, added: “We are honoured to welcome 12 new trainees to CPW’s Solihull office as they take the next step in the pursuit of a professional career. We are committed to their development, both academically and practically, and look forward to watching them grow within the business.

“Many of our directors started their training with ourselves and we hope these new starters shall follow suit!”

For further information visit www.cpwp.comor follow @couchperrys on Twitter.