The past few months have been busy for PDS, and as a result of several significant contract wins, we’ve embarked upon a recruitment drive to expand our team.

We’ve always had a strong commitment to helping young people in Hull take their first step on the career ladder, so felt it was the perfect time to bring a new group of apprentice technicians into the business.

Thomas Blackman-Price, Owen Howell, William Ripley and Michael Willis joined us at the start of the year and are completing their apprenticeship course in conjunction with Hull College.

Each new apprentice is working alongside an experienced member of the PDS team to further their knowledge and gain new skills whilst on-the-job. Upon completing their apprenticeship, they could be be given a full time position with PDS and the opportunity to train their own apprentice.

Iain Bland, Managing Director of PDS said:

“2016 has been a great year so far for PDS. We’ve worked on some really exciting projects and continued to expand our reach across the country. Our new apprentices will be given a real job from day one whilst learning valuable skills to enable them to pursue a career in this industry.”

William Ripley, one of PDS’ new apprentice technicians, said: “I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship so far, the team is really supportive and I have learnt so much in just a few months. I prefer to learn whilst doing and have been working on some really interesting projects since I started. I’m looking forward to completing my training with PDS and hope to gain a full time role here afterwards.”

One of PDS’ previous apprentices, Jordan Ayscough, has achieved notable success since joining the company in 2011. Jordan has been with PDS for four years and during this time he completed a Level 3 apprenticeship in Insulation and Commissioning of Electronic Systems. In 2014, Jordan won Apprentice of the Year at the Hull Tech Campus and also won Humberside Apprentice of the Year. Jordan was taken on full time after completing his apprenticeship and has spent the last year training his own apprentice, Connor Young.

Jordan said: “Working with PDS has been a great experience so far. I’m now running my own projects and helping to train Connor. I’ve learnt a lot since I joined PDS and their support throughout my apprenticeship was great.”

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