Some things never change - our biggest strength
The biggest strength to the company over the past 100 years has been, and remains, our people. The majority of our electricians began their careers as apprentices – and today, 14% of the company is made up of apprentices – testament to the value we place in growing the workforce of the future from within our own business and helping to close the skills gap in our industry. In fact, the company has presented in excess of 200 awards for 25 years’ service or more.
The Edwin James Group dedicated EJ Academy offers Parker colleagues at every level the opportunity for learning and development. From technical training to broaden the skill base of site operatives, through to leadership, management and development training for managers and support staff. The Academy also supports engineering apprenticeships for those just starting out, or those looking to develop new skills or change their career later in life. It’s critical to the group’s ambition to engineer a better way and build a new force in the UK engineering services sector.
At Parker Technical Services, our first priority is to not lose what we already have. In light of unprecedented labour and material shortages and the growing spectre of hyperinflation, we are engaging even more with our staff, improving remuneration and ensuring defined career progression.
More widely, we have increased employee EV charging capacity, and are switching our company fleet to hybrid and fully electric vehicles. More business meetings are now held virtually – a habit we acquired during lockdown but which, when used thoughtfully, cuts costs and carbon and can help with productivity.