Electrical firm power forward with 6 new recruits

A city electrical company has taken on six recruits in six weeks – boosting its workforce by 20 percent.

Its new workers are delighted to have new jobs in time for Christmas.

Halfway-based Main Electrical Ltd, which began as a one-man operation in the Seventies, say the expansion is part of a long-term growth strategy.

“It’s a sign of the secure footing the company is on,” said Nikki Thorneloe, finance manager.

“Like many small companies we were affected by the recession and couldn’t take on new staff for several years, but our workload has doubled in the last 12 months.

“We have just won a major contract with a local authority and needed people of all levels – two experienced sparkies and young apprentices to train up. We won’t hesitate to set on more workers as more contracts are won.”

Main Electrical has a long commitment to apprenticeship training and the company is proud of its retention rate – before the new recruits took the workforce to its current level of 36, around 50 per cent of staff started with the firm as apprentices.

In the new arrivals are three Year 1 apprentices William Platts, Luke McGowan and Ryan Claydon, third-year apprentice Curtis Cattell, approved electrician Daniel Bonnick and electrician Daniel Morton.

Main Electrical, founded in 1971 by plumber and electrician Ted Willers, works country-wide, providing a comprehensive range of electrical services to domestic and commercial customers and the public sector.

Based on Station Road at Halfway, clients include British Gas, Keepmoat PLC, Kier Group, Costain PLC, North Midland Construction, the Mears Group and mortuary and funeral suppliers LEEC.