Securing The Next Generation

Amthal has welcomed the third generation of the Allam family, to join the business.

Luke Allam, 16, son of founder and Operations Director John Allam, has started as an Apprentice Engineer, working closely with the team to progress seamlessly into the company strategy.

Amthal was originally established by John Allam and Paul Rosenthal, who have been friends since they were nine, attending local Verulam School together. After heading initially in different career paths, John and Paul together with respective partners, came to form Amthal in 2000.

John’s parents, Ann and Bob joined the company from the outset, and brother Jamie Allam, completed the management team in 2008. The company has grown to a significant business, supporting St Albans’ and the wider community, with family core still at its heart.

Says Luke: “Amthal has always been part of my life, having been involved with from a young age, helping dad on different job assignments. I always enjoyed the practical aspect, and when I could, work experience allowed me to get closer to the team. I really wanted to stay on working here, it’s such a positive environment, and the apprenticeship scheme was the perfect opportunity to balance working with continued learning.”

The Level 3 Apprenticeship course in Fire Emergency, and Security Systems is delivered by a combination of JTL Training college based classroom learning and ‘on the job’ training, mentored by Amthal’s experienced team of engineers. All works and progress are monitored externally.

Luke will be shadowing the established company services, learning about design, installation, maintenance and monitoring of latest smart solutions, including intruder, CCTV, Access Control and Fire Systems for residential and commercial applications.

John Allam concluded: “Naturally I’m delighted and very proud to welcome Luke on board as the next generation ‘Allam’ joining our family business. Luke joining was his decision and commitment to Amthal after doing work experience in the summer.

“We see as parents and as a company supporter of apprenticeships, there has been a significant change in attitudes towards vocational learning. This is reflected in the number of young people that are now choosing to go down this route as their ‘first choice’. Luke was determined from the outset and already making his own mark and identity on our engineering team.”