Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw recently held two apprenticeship open days at its head office in Nottingham in the hope of recruiting 20 new apprentices. The open days were a real success and attracted a large number of individuals between 16- and 19-years-old who wanted to develop their skills within a large, progressive manufacturing firm.

The apprenticeships were offered across a wide range of departments within the business, such as joinery, wood machinery, engineering and administration.

The new production apprentices will spend the first two years moving between five departments within the factory. In the third year they can opt to change direction to a one-year office/supervisory training programme where they can develop skills appropriate for a career within an office environment.

Both open days involved taking the potential apprentices on a journey of understanding the story behind the doorset including a tour of the manufacturing base. The young people were also given an opportunity to speak with many previous apprentices and employees to gain an insight into the business. Also in attendance was local Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills to offer his support to the apprentice programme and the development of local opportunities for young people.

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s Stephen Hutsby, a previous apprentice and currently head of marketing and product development comments: “Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw has a long record of bringing apprentices into the business. There are still people here like myself who were apprentices 30 years ago and have had happy and successful careers with the company.

“This is a great opportunity for young people in the East Midlands to join a large progressive manufacturing firm that places great importance on continuous training and development and it demonstrates Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s commitment to helping to address the skills shortage within the industry.”