Balbir Panesar

Founder and MD of PEC Building Services and President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce,
Balbir Panesar, attended Bradford Technical College from 1967 to 1971 whilst an apprentice

Balbir PanesarBalbir’s family came from India via Tanzania and made their home in Bradford in the 1960s. His father was a carpenter and on arrival the family spoke little English. “I left school at the age of 16 and started training for my career in electrical installation at Bradford Technical College in September 1967. The first year was a full time course leading to part time day release for the next 3 years whilst being employed as an apprentice electrician by John Peirson Ltd.”

After qualifying as an electrician and 10 years working for Peirson’s, Balbir felt he had gone as far as he could in the company, so he decided to strike out on his own. PEC Building Services has grown from a sole operation into a successful shopfitting and construction company that refits, refurbishes and builds from scratch throughout the country, with a major client list including Magnet, Homebase, Kwik-Fit and local councils. PEC now employs around 100 staff.

In July 2007 Balbir became Bradford Chamber of Commerce’s first Asian President. He is committed to the city and it’s people, working hard to encourage economic and skills development. He is also a keen supporter of local charities.

“Having personally experienced the value of an apprenticeship I do all I can to promote training. PEC has electricians, plumbers, joiners and decorators going through various stages of training and we take on apprentices every year. I am proud to have studied at Bradford College and believe that some of the experiences and self confidence gained during my time there has helped over the years and led me to be in the position I am today. ”

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