Walsh has always invested in its future by employing apprentices on an annual basis. Walsh not only looks to school leavers for those wishing to become engineers, but also offers training contracts to newly-retired members of the armed forces, manual labourers already working and former offenders. Additionally, Walsh encourages all existing staff to expand their skills and training by combining it with their day-to-day employment.
Current members of our staff who have entered further education/day release include our quantity surveyor, who is taking a construction law degree. One of our estimators is studying for a HND in Mechanical Engineering, which has included a recent work/case study to the West Coast of the USA. Finally, one of our project managers is studying for a degree in mechanical engineering.
The continued focus on our youth is evident in our office today: Darren Worgan, our senior contracts manager, and project manager Steve McIntyre started as apprentices at Walsh 26 years ago. Daniel Clarkson started as an apprentice plumber 12 years ago and is now our senior mechanical estimator, while Ryan Wilkinson became an electrical apprentice in 2001 and is now our senior electrical estimator.
Ian Walsh and his management team always keep their doors open for any employee who wants to improve their qualifications. Apprentices have formed part of the Walsh team for over 36 years. Walsh has a dedicated training supervisor and is always looking for future participants in the apprenticeship programme, whatever their ages and circumstances.