Apprentice Drive By Telford Engineer

  • By R SMITH
  • 20 Mar, 2013

Apprentices are a "valued asset" for any business, revealed a Shropshire businessman, who started his working life as an apprentice and is now MD of a group of successful companies. 

Telford based Air Systems Group has taken on five apprentices over the last few months, bringing the staff total to 23. Managing Director Bill Cooper founded the business in 1989 after serving an apprenticeship at GKN wheel division starting as a 16 year old mechanical maintenance engineer and leaving at 21 with a HNC in mechanical engineering. "Because I started my own working life as an apprentice I understand the value of training in the workplace."

"We have divisions as diverse as pneumatic and process control, plastic pipe work and fabrication, industrial engraving, sign design and manufacturing, so we are able to offer a broad range of experience to our apprentices." The apprentice scheme is run in partnership with Matrix Training which assesses the youngsters' progress as they work within the different departments of the Stafford Park firm.

Rose Smith (20) who works full time at Air Systems, joined the firm last year and is a second year apprentice in business and administration. She said: "Being an apprentice is a great opportunity. I have learned a great deal in a very small space of time."

Josh Lucas (18) left Idsall School at 16 for a call centre job but was made redundant within 7 months. After a brief spell doing building work he found it very difficult to get a job despite making 50 job applications. Josh, who had almost given up hope of ever finding work until he was offered the post at Air Systems Group, said: "It's nice being in a small company and I am getting an engineering qualification."

Bill, who has been in business for more than 30 years, added: "It's a win-win situation. The apprentices gain skills, confidence and experience while helping to secure the long term future of the business. "Should I be asked if I would recommend taking on apprentices, my answer would most definitely be yes. Every one of our apprentices is a valued asset to the business."

Derek Ford, of Matrix Training, said that they liked to work with companies which value apprentices and want to nurture them to gain the best experience in what could be their first job. " Our future is our youth and companies like the Air Systems Group are providing genuine opportunities for sustainable long term employment and career prospects for young people though the apprenticeship route. " It is all very easy to forget that we were all young once and young people bring a new enthusiasm and dynamics to a business. "With the right mentoring they can be more adaptable, learn new tasks much quicker and add real value to a business."
By R SMITH 31 Mar, 2017
We are proud to announce Air System Controls has received the 'Webstore Outstanding Achievement Award' for 2016/2017. This is once again thanks to our loyal customers, who understand our commitment to service levels, customer satisfaction and technical knowledge. 

Remember not all of our products are shown through the e-commerce store, so if in doubt A.S.C!

By R SMITH 23 Mar, 2017
As the weather gets warmer and we enter spring, it is also the time we release our new catalogue edition. 
This year we have tried to condense the catalogue and take out repeated items. We also have a few new products ranges and additional add products! From fueling equipment and accessories to self-venting couplings and hygienic ball valves. 

If you would like to request a copy of our new catalogue just A.S.C  and send a request to
By R SMITH 09 Feb, 2017
As a promotion, Air System Controls are offering your first two service kits, 500hr and 2000hr, absolutely free , when you purchase a new compressor.

We have a range of screw compressors from 5.5kw to 400 kw. Direct drive, variable speed or oil free options. Also offering full dryer packages and full installation service.

For more information please contact or call our friendly sales team on 01952 290959.
By R SMITH 16 Dec, 2016
This morning we have been having technical problems with our internet, we have been told by our provider that it is a national outage and the problem should be rectified later on this afternoon.

As a result, we have had no access to emails this morning. If you have any enquiries, our sales team can be contacted on 01952 290959.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, and hope you are having a great Christmas Jumper Day!
By R SMITH 15 Dec, 2016

We will be closing for Christmas from 2pm on Friday 23rd December until 8:30am on Tuesday 3rd January.

You can still order via our online service throughout the Christmas period:
Orders placed before 7pm on Fridays 23rd December will be delivered on Wednesday 18th November. Throughout the rest of the Christmas period you can place orders online, but all goods will be delivered for Wednesday 4th January.  

If you would like more information about opening an online account, please call the sales team on 01952 290959 or email

We would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support, as you are aware from our previous update, there will be prices increases at the start of 2017. However, after strengthening connections with suppliers in China, Europe and the Middle East, we believe we can offer you strong, quality alternative products. If you would like more information about our new ranges please email

By R SMITH 01 Dec, 2016
The Bad News
2016 has been a tough year for many businesses, especially with the current exchange rates. Usually we have price reviews each April as our new catalogue is released, however due to an increase in purchasing costs - that are out of our control - our suppliers have had no choice but to bring this forward to January. We are working continuously to keep our prices to a minimum and intend to freeze them until 2018. If you would like more information about the price increases email

The Good News
Over the last few months, we have developed new trade relationships with manufacturers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These connections will allow us to import a wide range of high quality products with lower prices. If you are interested in samples or would like us to quote you on a particular product please contact

Together we can make 2017 great,
The Air Systems Team
By R SMITH 14 Nov, 2016
New Products
This year, we have worked alongside new distributors to give you a brand new range of screw compressors from SCR. We have full dryer packages and options with a full installation service available.

Oil Free Class Zero Compressor Range
A complete range of both fixed speed and variable speed oil free screw compressors from 45kW to 250kW . TÜV approved providing class zero air.

Standard Screw Compressor Range
A compressor for every application from 5.5kW up to 400kW. From integrated screw compressors with built in dryers to large stand alone 1:1 direct coupled machines.

Special Purpose Applications

End of Arm Robot heads & specialised Jig manufacturing.

Built to customers specification for anything to do with;
• Picking & Placing
• Gripping & Cutting
• Sensing & Marking
• Clamping & Punching
• Electrical & Pneumatic

CNC machining
Welding and fabrication of steel and stainless steel
Plastic welding, fabrication and bespoke build of tanks and guards
By R SMITH 19 Aug, 2016
We’ve had a brilliant 2016 here at Air Systems, and it’s only August.

This year we have had a yearlong spring clean, we have recently painted the outside of the factory and restored it to a beautiful royal blue. We have had new signage fitted, giving it a bold and simple new look. Our trade counter has been completely renovated to show off a range of our products from both the plastics, pneumatics and hydraulics division. We have a few of our SCR compressors, control panels and robotics work on display to complete the new look.

Generally, it has been a year of tidying, cleaning and making sure we have the best environment to work in. Other changes have included us welcoming two new apprentices to the business, as of August, to complete a level 2 NVQ in manufacturing.

 We have also been constantly developing our e-commerce websites with the launch of Lewis and Masons site:  Here’s to the rest of 2016, thank you for your custom!
By R SMITH 06 Jul, 2016
Due to an influx in the market of customers needing new compressors, we are delighted to announce our relationship with SCR Air. We are now suppliers of SCR and can now offer you a range of screw air compressors, at an affordable price without lowering the quality! We have full dryer packages and options with the full installation available.

Oil Free Class Zero Compressor Range On offer, a complete range of both fixed speed and variable speed oil free screw compressors from 45kW to 250kW . TÜV approved providing class zero air. Starting from as low as £2,900.

Standard Screw Compressor Range On offer, a compressor for every application from 5.5kW up to 400kW. From integrated screw compressors with built in dryers to large stand alone 1:1 direct coupled machines. With prices £3,700.

 If you would like any further information, you can visit our trade counter: unit 10, Stafford Park 12, Telford, TF3 3BJ. Call: 01952 290959 or email:
By R SMITH 13 Jun, 2016
This year we have spent a lot of time building up relationship with new suppliers to give you the very best advancements in our product range.

Becoming official distributors of Diaphragm Pumps has enabled us to bring you brands such as; Graco, ARO and Murzan for a variety of different industries. With this new product, we can also offer servicing and repair at our workshop in Telford.

If you would like any further information including pricing and individual specifications you can contact us on:
Email –                                  Phone – 01952 290959
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