Training & Innovation

Our founder Michael Cripwell has always employed apprentices in his business, and so it seemed a natural progression to have a direct involvement in the training and development of these new employees.

In 1996 M W Cripwell Ltd set up Burton Training Organisation Ltd (BTOL) with the help of Southern Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, initially with the sole purpose of managing the training of their apprentices from commencement of employment through to grading as a fully qualified JIB electrician.

Since then, C.B.S. through BTOL, has offered an independent award winning training provision for its own staff and to other independent employers.  Our JIB Apprenticeship program offers a high quality nationally recognised framework of qualifications, which are funded and endorsed by a local college through our own workshops and classroom facilities.  Investing in young people through training has helped to create a team of young qualified electricians who are crucial to our success as a business in the competitive world of electrical contracting.  Our Apprentices have won the regional ECA Edmundson Award and have been runners up in the MK Awards; we also have independently employed apprentices that are close to qualifying for the World Skill Olympics and seen our company on the Times 100 list of Apprenticeship Employers in the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2011.

All our apprentices take part in activities which include team building and outdoor activities where we see them grow and develop as individuals both in confidence and as mature employees.  Many former apprentices have progressed onto energy management, estimators and assessors within the training facility and all have become highly qualified, highly trained electricians.

We also offer training and qualifications to C&G 2382 17th Edition Regulations, 2391 Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations and ECS Testing.

We are looking to add other awards including certificated PAT Testing, scaffold training and certification as well as First Aid courses to our portfolio along with training a number of our electricians as assessors in the near future.

The above picture shows BTOL Manager David Peach and C.B.S. Director Carl Dent winning acclaim for its commitment to employing and training apprentices.

C.B.S. won the acclaim for their work with Derby College to support up to ten apprentices a year through its dedicated training company, BTOL.

The company, who have recruited more than 150 apprentices since 1995, clinched the Highly Commended award in the regional finals of the Employer Apprenticeship Awards and has been named in the Top 100 employers by the National Apprenticeship Service.

C.B.S. Director Carl Dent explained: “We currently have over 20 apprentices working in partnership with Derby College and continue to reap the rewards of this approach to training.

“The company was set up in the 1970’s with just 12 employees and we now have more than 120 with the growth fuelled by the dedicated training and retention of apprentices.

“We are still a family owned business and the commitment to apprentices has always been embedded into our culture, championed by the founder Mr Michael Cripwell who is now Chairman of the company.

“Not only are we able to train and mould the young people to the company’s high standards but it also makes operational sense to invest in apprentices as much of the contracting work we do is a two-person job and it makes financial sense to have a qualified person supported by a trainee.”

Carl, who started his working life as an apprentice at C.B.S., said: “We have taken a different approach by setting up our training company in partnership with Derby College.

“Our apprentices are all employed and many have stayed with us throughout their careers – progressing through the company.

“The recent awards and recognition are therefore testament to the achievements of all partners in this programme and to the apprentices themselves, who work hard to complete their qualifications and several of whom have won national skills awards over the years.”

April Hayhurst, Business Development Assistant Principal at Derby College, said: “C.B.S. are the epitome of commitment to the apprenticeship programme”.

“They have proven that investment in the recruitment and training of young people can reap extensive business benefits and growth and we are delighted that these achievements have been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service.”