Apprentice award

by Mark Rowe

The Gloucester-based fire and security installers Allcooper are winners at the 2013 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards, in recognition of their development of apprentices at the company.

The awards were introduced by local newspapers, the Gloucestershire Echo and Citizen in 2012, bringing together apprentices, their employers and training providers to mark apprenticeships across a variety of industries within the county.

Allcooper were nominated as finalists in the ‘Apprenticeship Development Category’, open to a company which could show the benefits from apprenticeships, and a culture of development. A mixture of directors, staff and apprentices attended the ceremony on behalf of Allcooper, who were announced as winners and presented with the award in front of over 250 fellow guests and businesses.

Bringing young people into the business has been a fundamental part of the Allcooper ethos for many years. Apprenticeship positions currently represent over 10 per cent of the company work force, with roles filled within several departments including installations, finance and IT.

As well as developing his own group of apprentices at Allcooper, Chief Executive, Roman Cooper has been behind the introduction of a new Security Systems Apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College.

Roman started working for the family firm as an apprentice shortly after it was founded by his father Gary and brother Gerard in 1987. Roman said: “Allcooper are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. As a former apprentice myself, for the business to be recognised for our work with apprenticeships is a fantastic feeling. However so much credit must go to the apprentices themselves, the members of staff that have helped them develop, and to our apprenticeship partners Gloucestershire College for their continued support.”


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