Employing, training and developing apprentices has been a crucial part of Allcooper's heritage, throughout our 28 years in business..
Allcooper has taken on over 50 apprentices since the firm was founded. Many of these apprentices have risen to occupy management roles within the company or obtain recognised positons within the industry. The company has continued to invest substantially into providing a unique and comprehensive learning environment for our apprentices, and we take great care in ensuring they are provided with the resources and training required for a successful and long-standing career. This investment has without doubt brought huge value to our business, whilst providing many mutual benefits to our customers, staff and our apprentices themselves.
Someone who knows all about the benefits offered by an apprenticeship is Allcooper CEO, Roman Cooper. After starting with the family business as an apprentice himself back in 1987, Roman Cooper has spent his entire career championing apprenticeships. He has given opportunities to countless young people in the county through his work with the Allcooper apprenticeship scheme, and through his connections with local colleges, education providers and the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership.
For the third consecutive year, Allcooper are proud to have received recognition for our apprenticeship scheme at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards. In 2013, the company stood out above several other local organisations to claim the award for 'Apprenticeship Development'. The following year, Allcooper were named 'Employer of the Year' for apprenticeship employers with over 25 staff. Our most recent award recognises an 'Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships' in Gloucestershire. This was presented to Roman at a stand-out ceremony which took place at Cheltenham Racecourse in July 2015.
Pioneering opportunities in the security industry
Having spent years struggling to find the right training for his apprentices, Roman Cooper had grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of industry-specific opportunities available to young people in the area. This frustration prompted Roman to take things into his own hands. The Security Systems Apprenticeship was introduced in February 2013 to give budding engineers the opportunity to become qualified in the installation and maintenance of security systems. Roman worked closely with the Gloucestershire College to implement this apprenticeship, investing his own time and energy into helping secure the funding and resources needed to introduce the new apprenticeship framework. This course now runs every year and is helping generate appropriately skilled and qualified engineers, many of whom are currently learning their trade with Allcooper and other security companies in the county.