The company beat off stiff competition to be named as Best Medium Employer at the Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2021, held at Edgbaston cricket stadium.
It was chosen on the success of the J S Wright Academy which, since the launch in 2008, has taken on 55 apprentices on a range of craft and technical courses in which learning skills are also nurtured by existing employees.
The judging panel was impressed with how the apprentices are given a complete understanding of the business and full support through on-site experience and individual mentoring – an approach that has seen no less than 33 of those 55 apprentices still with the company.
Associate Director and Leader of the J S Wright Academy, Paul Millington, said: “I am delighted to have received this award on behalf of J S Wright. We started our Academy to help our young people develop their careers within the business and to help bridge the skills gap, with the result that we now have a sustainable and highly motivated workforce.”
Managing Director Phil Leech added: “We regard our apprentices as our leaders of tomorrow and invest heavily in instilling in them the leadership qualities and values which have sustained us through our history and are key to our continuing to expand and diversify as an M&E services provider.”
The awards were run by BirminghamLive in partnership with the Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign, and J S Wright’s award was sponsored by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
Phil Leech, Paul Millington and staff celebrate J S Wright’s award-winning success