CDS Energy Services, the Hull-based international specialist in energy contracting services, has reached a milestone in its apprenticeship programme with the appointment of Jack Batty.
Jack is the son of Phil Batty, a recently retired director of CDS. He is the tenth apprentice to have been inducted into the company’s programme.
His Higher National Certificate (HNC) course is provided by HETA, the area’s leading provider of specialist engineering training. Commencing in September 2018, the course will give Jack the option of pursuing a project control or management role.
Apprenticeship programmes allow companies to grow their own talent and are also great for the sustainability of the industry, giving young people the opportunity to learn their trade from grass roots level. This is an approach CDS is firmly committed to, as Danny Laybourne, a director at CDS, explained: “I’m delighted to welcome Jack to CDS and I’m sure he will have a great experience with us, with the prospect of management further down the line.
“Investing in our future workforce is vital to ensuring the longevity of CDS. The Humber has the opportunity to become the leading area in the UK for energy skills, but at the same time we are facing a huge skills shortage.
“Now is the time to attract and retain young talent. This will safeguard the future of our sector and the local economy and we remain committed to nurturing the next generation.”
As the company’s tenth apprentice, Jack Batty is also a symbol of CDS’ continued growth, which has seen them invest in modern facilities with the capacity to offer a full range of project management, design, procurement and support services.