Celebrating investors

Aberdeen-based AEL has marked the end of a landmark year by gaining accreditation to a major national scheme.

The company has celebrated its ongoing commitment to training and development by being recognised with the award of Investors in People accreditation at silver level. The announcement comes a year after the company achieved Investors in Young People accreditation.


Founded in 1981, AEL marked 35 years in business in 2016. The international brand provides electrical products and services to the onshore, offshore, renewable, petrochemical, marine and industrial sectors.

The company has a long and successful track record of creating employment and learning opportunities, ranging from internships for local graduates to apprenticeships for school leavers and work experience opportunities working in partnership with nearby schools.


AEL’s Alan Mackie said: “In our 
business, it is important to develop people internally as well as continually improve our processes and procedures. Training 
has always been important to our people-focused 
business and this is a significant step forward in 
ensuring we are reaching the correct standards, as well as formalising our efforts.

“In addition, we hope that this important accreditation will prove attractive to prospective employees because it is important for us to have the right people in place across all departments.

“Even if candidates come to us without experience, we have processes in place to help them develop their careers with the right drive and focus. Investors in People accreditation correctly underlines that ethos and is something we look forward to developing further in the future.”

In making the award Investors in People specialist, Hilary Crick said: “I was particularly impressed with the way AEL have targeted their investment and energy towards effective learning and development of staff.

“This is at a time when many suppliers to the oil and gas sector have cut spend in this area. This investment is resulting in increased employee engagement and the people currently employed commented that AEL is a good place to work.”

From the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, AEL has experienced steady organic growth in many overseas markets and now operates from a network of carefully selected locations in the US, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as well as Aberdeen and Ghana.

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