The commitment involved in taking on apprentices can be daunting for small firms, but, having previously recruited qualified staff and given them additional training, Knight Warner decided to take the plunge and recruit two apprentices.
“One guy had badgered us for a job. He kept coming back,” says Kevin Parkin.
“He’d done an electrical engineering course at the local tech and he was quite bright so we took him on as an assistant store man and then made him up to an apprentice electrician. We then decided we might need a second apprentice electrician and we’ve managed to persuade the AMRC Training Centre to take them on.
The first apprentice, 19 year old Liam Westnidge, didn’t resent having to work as a store man for a year.
Fellow apprentice, Simon Brown, 18, also values the opportunity Knight Warner has given him to understand how different parts of the business work in addition to his area of expertise.
“I’m extremely lucky. The opportunity to learn about the rest of the company is fantastic. To be successful you need the broad knowledge.”