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 12 Dec, 2017
Lets start 2018 with a new product launch. Now available for pre order from Air System Controls is the NEW permanent magnet compressor range down to a remarkable 7.5Kw. The new PM units offer over a 10% energy saving against standard fixed speed compressor units. This is a small 40+ CFM unit @ 8 Bar which is extremely energy efficient, quiet and reliable. Permanent magnet compressors (the latest variable speed efficiency units) available from Air Systems from 40CFM to over 600CFM.
By R SMITH 05 Dec, 2017
We have had another excellent year at Air System Controls. Our apprentices have completed their qualifications, we have included new lines of gas springs and SCR compressors and welcomed a few more employees to our team. We could not have accomplished this record breaking year without your continued support and custom.

We look forward to dealing with you in the new year, 
From all of us at Air System Controls and Lewis & Mason Plastics
By R SMITH 22 Sep, 2017
The new generation Ultrafilter compressed air refrigerant dryers, will adapt themselves to your compressed air requirements ensuring
excellent reliability, energy saving and savings for overall operating costs.

• Sterilised filtration
• Water filtration
• Nitrogen generation
• BioGas

By R SMITH 08 Sep, 2017

A recent installation of a Nitrogen generator has just been completed, at a customer of ours that packages food products. This, along with the pipework to suit, installation of an airline system, and a pumped water system for washdown, has proven that Air System Controls have the ability to tackle projects that meet customers expectations beyond their requirements.

A big thanks to our sales partner Ultrafilter, and particularly Kevin Morris, for helping us spec and supply the Nitrogen Generator.

By R SMITH 04 Sep, 2017

We currently have four positions available with the Air Systems Group.

We have two full-time vacancies available for a pipe fitter/ compressor engineer and a CNC machinist/ fitter.

We also have two part-time vacancies available for a compressor and pipework sales person and a local-to-home compressor and pipework sales person (max. 5 miles from home. Ideal for a retired engineer).

 Experience is necessary, please contact or call 01952 290959.
By R SMITH 24 Aug, 2017
Orders placed via our e-commerce website  on Friday 25th August will be delivered on Tuesday 29th August.
Orders placed over the weekend will be delivered on the 30th August. 

If you would like an online account with a customised discount structure please email

We hope you have a great August bank holiday, 
Air System Controls Staff
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!
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