After years of working in the fields of engineering and training, he saw an educational gap in the sector and wanted to create an avenue for ductwork trades to prove their competency and skills, ensuring that they are able to acquire a recognised qualification and obtain the necessary skills card to ensure accessibility to construction sites

My wish is to create an avenue for ductwork trades to prove their competency and skills thus ensuring that they are able to acquire a recognised qualification and obtain the necessary competency skills card to ensure accessibility to construction sites.


Starting in the 70s, Paddeco Director, Joseph Lloyd started his apprenticeship with Shell UK Oil Ltd where he gained his indentures. His apprenticeship didn't just provide him with engineering skills but also the knowledge of teamwork and leadership which would be relevant to this day.


In the early 80s he formed an installation company and trained young lads on site, transferring his skills and knowledge onto them. The family then moved so Joe spent the next 10 years forming a ductwork company, where he naturally developed from leader to teacher, helping eager young lads who were also on the same journey to better themselves.


Joe wanted to take on more young lads as apprentices and so began his search for recognised ductwork qualifications. Even though the qualification existed there was no clear delivery mechanism available. Unlike going to your local collage to become a plumber, electrician etc., where you would find a placement and willing teacher, this didn't exist for the ductwork installation trade. Not to be deterred by the challenges in front of him, he spends the next five years going to night school, college and university to understand what he needed in order to credit these young lads with their own indentures. Joe educated himself and obtained the requisite skills and qualifications to adopt this accrediting role.

As the chapters of his life continued to unfold, Joe found himself moving again and family life took priority, bringing him to South Wales. Working life was about to take another turn where he ended up retuning to the power stations and refineries, gaining a position with Mitsui Babcock. The industry at the time was upskilling all their workers to a current qualification (NVQ level 3/ ACE card). He then spent the next three years running assessment programmes, and engineering apprenticeship schemes. This is when he was introduced to writing policies and procedures and so began to run a training organisation, working with several awarding bodies. With all the knowledge gained (from an educational point of view) over the last decade, he was now confident to start his training company. Education within the ductwork industry was still very limited even though the trade itself had grown and was in high demand.


For the next five years, Joe delivered ductwork qualifications and several other engineering disciplines across the UK. This was a very dynamic approach, where he took the learning and teaching to the site rather than confined it to the classroom, making use of mobile classrooms and temporary on-site static classrooms. Through hard work and determination, the company grew to become an award-winning business with a multi-million-pound turn over. Joe sold the company in 2012 and five years later Paddeco was born.

Now a team of 10, Paddeco is growing fast and helping people reach their potential in this ever-changing and demanding environment.