Adbro Controls Ltd Apprentices stood outside building

Our current team of Apprentices at Adbro Controls Ltd. (L-R) Ethan Togher, Dan Akam, Gemma Hawkins, Chelsea Pennock and Tom Fishlock.

Adbro Controls are pleased to be able to offer apprentice positions within the business, providing those who are keen to pursue a career in engineering with their first steps into the industry. This is achieved through on the job learning combined with formal academic training provided by Basingstoke College of Technology. At present we have five apprentices working within the team at Adbro Controls, sourced through West Berkshire Training Consortium.

Four of our apprentices are training as Controls Engineers. Ethan Togher, Dan Akam and Chelsea Pennock are all undertaking the Engineering Fitter apprenticeship at Level 3. Tom Fishlock, having already completed a level 3 apprenticeship at a previous employer, is now undertaking the Engineering Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship at Level 4.

Working in the front office we have Gemma Hawkins, our Admin Assistant Apprentice. Fresh from leaving sixth form, she is currently undertaking the Business Administrator Apprenticeship at Level 3.

We have worked with West Berkshire Training Consortium for several years, taking on a selection of apprentices during that time thus far. Therefore we were delighted to have been awarded with a certificate of commendation as part of their Investment in Training Awards. These awards, that have been running for the past seven years, recognise how those working with West Berkshire Training Consortium attract, look after and progress apprentices within their workplaces.

Each year, a panel of WBTC staff review all employers against six main criteria:

  1. Participation of apprentices or work experience students (16-18)
  2. Involvement with non-employed people
  3. Success rates of apprentices in the organisation
  4. Promotion and progression rate for apprentices
  5. Culture of learning & development within the organisation
  6. Promotion of equality & diversity


Nicky Brian, Office & Logistics Manager at Adbro Controls commented:

“We are delighted to have received this award from WBTC and be recognised as an employer who provides a great platform for enthusiastic soon to be engineers. Being able to provide apprentices the opportunity and environment to excel in their chosen industry is a great feeling. Adbro Controls have helped multiple apprentices over the years and will continue to do so in the future, they are seen as key members of a successful working team”.  


To receive a certificate of commendation for Investment in Training by West Berkshire Training Consortium, confirms that Adbro Controls met all the criteria set by WBTC. This shows that we have a real commitment to supporting apprentices, providing them with an ideal environment and starting block for bright individuals, hoping to excel within their chosen career path in engineering.

Looking into the future, we hope that we can provide more opportunities for others who wish to get into the engineering industry, be it a hands-on role working within the main engineering team or something more office based, where individuals can contribute to administrative side to engineering that keeps things running smoothly on a day to day basis.

For more content about our apprentices, take a look at our interview with Chelsea Pennock for International Women in Engineering day.