In 2013, the Air Systems Group was awarded the Shropshire Chamber Apprentice of the Year award, proving that you don’t have to be a large organisation to make a big difference to young people. One year later, all of the apprentices continue to promote new, innovative ideas and improvements throughout the company, and their impact can be seen in all aspects of the business.
Managing Director Bill Cooper, who has been in business for more than 25 years and started off as an apprentice himself, said "It's a win-win situation, the apprentices gain skills, confidence and experience whilst 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."
The Air Systems Group now have a total of 5 members of staff who have completed their apprenticeships, 4 of which had been put through their training and apprenticeship with Telford based Matrix Training and Development.
Mr Wright said: “I am always pleased to see local companies doing well, but it is especially good news to see a local Dawley lad doing so much for our town by investing locally and creating jobs.
“We have worked with other training companies in the past, but Matrix stands out from the crowd. Their assessors show they care about the apprentices and always push them to work at the best of their ability. Matrix have not only helped develop the skills of our young members of staff but also helped our company to work better as a whole, making a more positive working atmosphere” said Emma Cooper, HR Manager.
Derek Ford, of Matrix Training, said that they liked to work with companies that value apprentices and want to nurture them to gain the best experience in what could be their first job. "Our future is in our young people 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".
For more information about the Air Systems Group or Matrix Training please visit: www.airsystemsgroup.co.uk