OE Electrics Ltd teams up with Wakefield College to provide local apprenticeships

The partnership will promote career opportunities within engineering for Wakefield students.

A local electrical manufacturer has established a partnership with Wakefield College to offer two engineering apprenticeships to local students. This is a first for Wakefield-based OE Electrics Ltd, and they are confident this is the first of many apprenticeship opportunities to be offered through the partnership.

The official start date for the apprentices is to be confirmed for the start of the college year in September, but the two students, Lewis Phillips and Dominik Keeler, have already started their induction at OE Electrics to get a feel for the work, the company, and to get to know the team.

The one year apprenticeship constitutes mostly practical study on site at OE Electrics, where the students will be supervised by Engineering Manager, Jason Teasdale, who has been working in engineering since 1990. In addition, the apprentices will study one day per week at Wakefield College working towards their level 2 engineering certificate.

The partnership with Wakefield College has been facilitated by OE Electrics Operations Manager, Richard Durr, who commented: “We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while and we now have the resources to really make it work. I think this is the beginning of a great programme and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Janine Sibson from Wakefield College said of the partnership: “Wakefield College are delighted to be working in partnership with OE Electrics as they recruit their first apprentices. I am looking forward to our continued relationship and assisting further as future apprenticeship opportunities become available.”

Group Managing Director for OE Electrics, David Masters, added: “With our move into new premises last year, we now have an opportunity to work more closely with the local community. Janine and Wakefield College have been fantastic and we are excited to continue this relationship and offer more apprenticeships with the college in a variety of business areas going forward.”

In 2017, OE Electrics moved into a purpose-built, 66,000 sq ft facility in Calder Park, Wakefield. The £9m project, which was part-funded by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Business Growth Programme, has doubled the size of OE Electrics’ Wakefield operations and will lead to the creation of over 100 local jobs over the next few years.

About OE Electrics Ltd:

OE Electrics Ltd is a family-owned manufacturer of soft-wiring electrical solutions for office, education and public spaces. Founded in 1986, OE is now a team of 165 employees based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire with further offices in Germany, Dubai and Australia. OE Electrics distributes products to more than 60 countries across the globe.


– Best New Exporter – Going Global Awards 2009
– Wakefield Business of the Year Winner 2017
– Wakefield Business Person of the Year Winner 2018

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