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Waste management firm, SWR, has teamed up with Energy Cost Advisors Ltd (ECA) to add a range of energy related services to its portfolio. SWR’s clients will have access to the expertise of one of the longest established independent energy advisors in the UK with services ranging from supply contract negotiation through to carbon and energy management and assistance in meeting carbon reduction legislation. waste-management

The deal expands the way in which SWR is able to save its customers money and manage and improve their sustainable credentials. ECA will also be offering SWR’s expertise in waste and recycling services to its customers.

Giles Whiteley, SWR’s CEO said: “This is a very logical move for both companies. Our customers have a similar profile and similar needs, and although our services are different, they share common cost reduction and sustainability goals for customers. Key to this partnership is that both firms are truly independent of the end solution; the two companies share this value, a fact that made this venture possible.

“Whilst we have been working on this for some time, the timing for our customers could not be better with the soaring cost of energy in the UK and an increased focus on overall resource efficiency.  SWR is now in a position to help its customers mitigate the impact of increases and provide support in meeting carbon reduction targets.”

Steve Silverwood, Director of Client Services at ECA commented: “We are delighted to be working with SWR and be able to offer our range of services to their client base and vice versa. The energy markets continue to be as volatile as ever with long term forecasts that prices could be 80% more than current levels by 2020 therefore highlighting the need to procure energy better than ever and use energy more efficiently than ever, our mantra has always been  ‘the cheapest unit of energy is the one you don’t use’. We have over 27 years experience in the energy market place and our knowledge and expertise can benefit SWR’s client base in many areas, in addition their clients will benefit from exclusive consultancy rates only available through SWR.”

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Bosh Service logoBosch, the global supplier of technology and services, is supporting National Apprenticeship Week and highlighting the range of engineering-related roles available to its apprentices in the UK.

Apprentices at Bosch are placed in a diverse range of roles, from R&D and production engineering apprentices within its Bosch Rexroth division, to an apprentice from the UK supporting Audi’s winning team at the famous 24-hour Le Mans endurance race, working for Bosch Engineering Group.

The largest number of Bosch UK apprentices work within its heating and hot water division, Worcester Bosch, which also opened a £1.5 million training and assessment centre in 2011.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch UK, said: “Apprentices play a vital role in providing essential skills and training to the UK workforce. Apprentices at Bosch enjoy a wide range of work, from design and development to client management, as well as many mechanical, electrical, production and quality engineering roles.

“Engineering apprentices in particular are important for us, not only because our main business areas demand engineering skills, but also because engineering can help stimulate economic growth.”

Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) published today for the National Apprenticeship Service shows that Apprenticeship completions over the next decade are forecast to contribute ú3.4 billion a year to the economy through productivity gains by 2022, with gains of £414 per week from former apprentices in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

At Bosch, apprentices are highly valued and they often go on to take up senior management positions within the organisation. Within Bosch, four out of ten members of the Board of Management started their careers as apprentices or trainees.

Bosch employs more than 6500 apprentices around the world and in the UK has apprentices working across the country, including at Denham, near Uxbridge (Bosch head office and home to Bosch Automotive in the UK), Worcester (Worcester, Bosch Group), Glenrothes and St. Neots (Bosch Rexroth), Knowsley, Liverpool (Bosch Packaging Technology) and in Nuneaton (Bosch Engineering Group).

Bosch apprenticeships are two to four years long. Bosch recruits its apprentices for its sites through advertisements in local media and also the career page of the Bosch website, as well as outreach to local schools and colleges. Bosch is looking to recruit up to 50 new apprentices for its sites across the UK in 2013.

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Training 2000 logoiris distributor, Sinemaster, is running a series of training courses in partnership with Training 2000 from August to November at their state-of-the-art facilities in Blackburn and Loughborough, designed to equip repairers with the skills to identify and up-sell repair opportunities to generate greater profitability.

Aimed at bodyshop managers, vehicle damage assessors, customer service personnel and collection and delivery drivers, the programme has been devised by Training 2000 to deliver best-in-class training. It will provide staff with the knowledge to look at every car presented to them as an opportunity to deliver excellent customer service, whilst identifying additional revenue streams available using existing skill sets and business infrastructure.

Mark Leeming, Managing Director of Sinemaster, says, “Our partnership with Training 2000 has got off to a flying start with this new programme of training designed to add even greater value to our bodyshop customers by boosting their profitability. We recognise that every member of staff within the bodyshop has the potential to up-sell a repair opportunity to the motorist. This course will enable repairers to maximise the untapped potential within their shop to grow their business further.”

Frank Harvey, Head of Automotive for Training 2000, comments, “Our training courses are designed to ensure repairers gain maximum benefit from their training investment. The aim of Bodyshop Up-Sell Training is to change the mindset of repairers to treat the repair as an opportunity and to present to the motorist the different services the bodyshop can provide every time.”

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