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Investment in apprentices pays off for South West electrical wholesaler

By July 3, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Independent electrical wholesaler Devondale Electrical has appointed one apprentice to a full-time position whilst taking on three new apprentices across its branch network.

James Horrell joins the Exeter team at Marsh Barton after a year-long apprenticeship. He studied physical education and engineering at Exeter College before coming across the opening at Devondale on an apprenticeships website.

“Being at Devondale has been a really good learning experience. Some of my family members work in the trade so I had a connection already,” he explained.

“I’m pleased to be staying in the industry on a permanent basis.”

The company has also taken on another three apprentices: Matthew Baker at the Barnstaple branch, Jack Smith in Taunton and Duncan Howlett in Glastonbury, taking the current total number of apprentices to six.

Managing Director, Paul Wood said: “Devondale is committed to the apprenticeship ethos, and we have seen great results so far.

“One previous apprentice, Ryan Peryer is now branch manager of Paignton, whilst Jack Shortridge – who won a national apprenticeship award last year – has recently been appointed assistant manager at our Barnstaple branch.”

In a new move for Devondale, a work experience partnership has been implemented with Exeter College. Due to the nature of electrical work it can be difficult for the college to find work experience placements and for their learners to gain any experience in the trade.

Being able to shadow the branch team means students experience the trade from the supply perspective and learn about the vast range of products used by the electrical contracting sector. They also get to understand the service provided by Devondale to contractors via the sales office and trade counter.

Paul said: “Although our work experience students won’t ultimately work for a company like Devondale, they will now go into their trade with a solid understanding of products and of the need to build up a relationship with a wholesaler.”