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RDM joins SkillsCymru to support Wales’ engineering future

Shaun Brigdale and Chris Jenkins
Shaun Brigdale and Chris Jenkins at SkillsCymru 2017

Shaun Brigdale and Chris Jenkins at SkillsCymru 2017

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services helped welcome thousands of young people to Wales’ largest careers, jobs and skills event last week in a bid to help support the future of engineering in the country.

The Swansea-based company joined many other firms and educational bodies at SkillsCymru, which took place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 11-12 October.

One of RDM’s own apprentices, Shaun Brigdale, and senior building services design engineers, Chris Jenkins, spoke with young people, school leavers and their families at the event, about the many opportunities that exist in the engineering and building services sector in Wales.

With numerous apprentices starting with RDM year-on-year and going on to secure fulfilling careers in the industry, Shaun and Chris gave first-hand accounts of what it is like to succeed in engineering thanks to companies like RDM.

RDM’s director and co-owner, Dave Kieft, is a strong supporter of apprenticeships and has previously urged the Welsh government to give more financial support to companies in the engineering sector in order to enable apprentices to complete their training and lead the future of the building services industry in Wales.

Kieft, who started his career as an electrical engineer, is passionate about showcasing the building services sector as an important career path in Wales through events like SkillsCymru. He promotes the importance of skills and training, and ensuring that routes into a building services engineering career remain open and viable for apprentices.

Mr Kieft said:

“SkillsCymru is a fantastic event and we are pleased to be a part of it this year. We wanted to ensure visitors were able to speak to Shaun and Chris, who can talk about what working in the industry is really like. Many young people think university or starting work are the only options upon leaving school, but apprenticeships can offer so much more when it comes to starting a career.

“More quality apprentices and skilled engineers can be created in Wales if we continue to raise our profile about the numerous benefits that a career in engineering can bring. Doing an apprenticeship and securing a well-paid career with longevity is worthwhile pursuing and we hope this message was conveyed through our presence at SkillsCymru.”

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RDM lends a hand to DIY SOS as the show heads to Swansea

Dave Kieft
SWANSEA / with story Friday August 15th 2014 New University Campus Contractors.. RDM Electrical Services Limited on site at the £450 million development. Director David Kieft

Director Dave Kieft

Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has offered its support to the BBC One series DIY SOS as the show takes place in Swansea for its Children in Need build.

The firm will be providing free labour and materials to the DIY SOS team to assist them in completing their immense task on one of their biggest projects to date for a local charity.

The project, which will run from 6-17 September, is focused on supporting The Roots Foundation Wales – a Swansea-based charity that provides crucial help and support for young people leaving the care system, and embarking on their own lives.

Established nearly 7 years ago, the Roots Foundation has spent recent years offering support in a wooden hut. The team at the charity do their best for the children who come to them for help, but the lack of space and facilities is making it difficult to provide one-on-one and group therapy sessions to those in need.

The Roots Foundation is now in desperate need of more space and better facilities to provide the best support possible to local young people moving into the next stage of their lives.

DIY SOS’s plan is to completely demolish the existing building before filming begins, and construct a new support centre in just 11 days, that is spacious and suitable for their specific needs. This will include a large youth club space, therapy room and kitchen for cooking classes. The charity’s team will also have their own office space and will include several independent flats for young people leaving care.

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM, said:

“When we were made aware of this project for DIY SOS in our area, we didn’t hesitate to offer our assistance. We are proud to be a part of this project for an incredibly worthy cause that will make a real difference to the charity and the people it supports. We look forward to joining other generous tradespeople and suppliers to help make this build a reality.”

RDM is a leading UK building services company that works on multi-million pound contracts across the country.

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Electrical and mechanical firm adds new director to team

Andy Phillips and Dave Kieft
Andy Phillips and Dave Kieft

Andy Phillips and Dave Kieft

Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has welcomed a new director to its team as the company enhances the delivery of its existing and future service offering.

Andy Phillips from Caerphilly has joined RDM as Ministry of Defence (MOD) core services director. Phillips has extensive experience of working on key contracts for governmental organisations, which is currently a central area of business for RDM. He previously held the position of district leader at Honeywell, where he managed a mechanical and engineering infrastructure on contracts for the Ministry of Justice, BMW and various data centres. Phillips therefore brings a solid building services background to RDM, adding to the company’s experienced team.

RDM is a leading UK building services company that works on multi-million pound contracts across the country. As well as providing its services to governmental organisations, the firm has also been involved in significant commercial and educational-based projects, such as Swansea University’s Bay Campus. The company works with major contractors and developers including Vinci Construction UK and St Modwen.

Andy Phillips commented on his new appointment as MOD core services director at RDM:

“It gives me great pleasure to join a professional growing company such as RDM and I am very excited about the future of the company with all of its offerings. I hope to bring a wealth of building services systems knowledge and a strong client base to grow the business further.”

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM, said:

“I’m pleased to welcome Andy to the RDM team. His new position has been created to assist us in evaluating our existing works as well as to strengthen the delivery of services and professional capabilities to benefit our clients. I look forward to working with Andy and to seeing RDM continuing to flourish with his added expertise.”

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Electrical and mechanical firm welcomes students to site

Gower College students on site with RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services at Swansea University's Bay Campus
Gower College students on site with RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services at Swansea University's Bay Campus

Gower College students on site with RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services at Swansea University’s Bay Campus

Students from Gower College Swansea (GCS) were treated to a site visit to Swansea University Bay Campus’ residential development on Tuesday 10 January thanks to Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, helping the students to plan their futures for a career in the electrical and mechanical services industry.

The level two construction students were welcomed by RDM to view the works the company is completing for VINCI Construction UK, based around the mechanical and electrical works at the residential development phase 1C site.

Following a site induction by VINCI Construction UK, where health and safety issues were explained, students were shown around the site to learn about construction techniques and methods. The operation of the mechanical installation was also explained and demonstrated to the group, including domestic water systems, LTHW (low temperature hot water) heating systems, mechanical extract systems and plant Rooms.

Chris Phillips, project manager at RDM, and Mark Crouch, mechanical engineer at RDM, were also on hand to discuss with students future training in the industry and potential career paths.

Chris Phillips commented:

“Providing site visits for local students is really important for the industry, as it introduces keen young people into what could be their future career. We hope the visit gave the students a better understanding of the industry as a whole, as well as the opportunity to see a larger scale installation for the first time. We hope it was encouraging for them to see how the skills they are currently learning can be used when they find work placements in September.”

Kelly Hinder, construction lecturer at Gower College Swansea said:

“We were made to feel very welcome during the site visit and nothing was too much for the staff at RDM. They really inspired the students to work in the electrical/mechanical sector and the students left the site really motivated. I think most of the students originally wanted to go down the domestic avenue for work, but now they are all talking about working commercially onsite.”

RDM has secured approximately £15m of work on the Swansea University Bay Campus, representing a significant opportunity for the company to offer employment and training opportunities for local people.

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Engineer takes on Kilimanjaro challenge for special cause

Rose Phillips - RDM Kilimanjaro challenger
Rose Phillips - RDM Kilimanjaro challenger

Rose Phillips – RDM Kilimanjaro challenger

An engineer at Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services is taking on the ‘challenge for a cause’ Mount Kilimanjaro trek with the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC), to help raise funds for a family affected by the loss of a loved one to cancer.

Rose Phillips, an engineer with the award winning electrical contracting and engineering company, has accepted the challenge, which aims to raise £100,000 by February 2017 to support research into a rare form of cancer and help the Hendrie family to re-build their lives.

Christopher Hendrie, a fellow member of the engineering community, sadly lost his battle to cancer, and so the sector is pulling together to do what it can to support his family.

The EIC is the national charity for all people from the electrical, electronics and energy industries. Phillips, aged 29 from Gower, will be taking the 10-day Lemosho Route as part of the EIC expedition, which is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rose Phillips, said:

“I’m very excited to be taking part in this massive challenge. When the opportunity was put forward to me, there was no way I was going to turn it down. It’s for an incredibly important cause and I’m determined to complete the challenge and raise as much money as possible to provide financial assistance for the Hendrie family.”

David Kieft, ECA National President and Director of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, added:

“While unable to undertake the challenge myself it was great to be able to offer the opportunity to our young engineers, and Rose Phillips is the lucky person who has been chosen to represent our business to raise much needed funds for Christopher’s family and show our support to a fellow member of the engineering fraternity.

“We have all been touched by the tragedy that is cancer and it is great to be able to assist wherever we can.”

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Congratulations from the Boss!

David Kieft, Managing Director

David Kieft, Managing Director

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services are celebrating yet another success story after winning the continuation of a prestigious contract. The MOD NGEC Pre Planned Maintenance Contract for the Southern Region Defence Estates with Carillion Amey encompasses most bases in South Wales and as far afield as Hereford and the Borders. The contract is for the next 5 years in partnership with Carillion Amey and sees RDM continue its growth plans.

I am delighted that after working on this contract for the last 7 years, we have been recognised as the best company for the future of the project. This achievement is a result of all the team’s hard work, commitment and passion for the industry. Thanks to their impressive work ethic and high quality performance, RDM are able to maintain the works we’ve had from previous years as well as provide further opportunities from within the contract.

Well done everyone!
David Kieft
Managing Director