East Midlands independent plumbers merchant Willbond is backing a local campaign to encourage more businesses to offer apprenticeships.
Run by Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce and the National Apprentice Service, the campaign aimed to find 100 apprentice places in 100 days and Willbond pledged a plumbing apprenticeship.
Ryan Silverton, aged 18, has now joined three others already serving apprenticeships with Willbond. They are Jack Flynn, Oliver Clough and Kieren Fishwick.
All four apprentices work in sales, logistics and administration whilst working towards an NVQ Level 2 with key skills in either Business Administration, Customer Service or Warehousing and Storage.
They will then have the opportunity to progress to Level 3 which is the equivalent to A Level.
Willbond’s apprentice programme is run in conjunction with the Builders Merchants Federation.
Plumbing centres director, Ray Wheatley, said: “We are acutely aware of how difficult it is for school leavers to find jobs at the moment and we feel it is important that as many businesses as possible do their bit to help ensure that we do not have a lost generation of young people.
“Apprenticeships are great way of training staff up to the standard you want and we are delighted to give Ryan the opportunity to join Jack, Oliver, and Kieren on our apprenticeship programme as we have a long tradition of employing school leavers and taking them through the business,” he continued.