Award-winning company launches new careers with workshops

LEARNING THE TRADE -- students from Vision West Notts College at one of Matthews & Tannert's electrical workshops
LEARNING THE TRADE -- students from Vision West Notts College at one of Matthews & Tannert's electrical workshops

The daunting step of taking your first job after leaving school or college has been made more smooth in an initiative by an award-winning company in Ashfield.

Plumbing, heating and electrical firm Matthews and Tannert, of Bannerman Road, Kirkby, marked National Apprenticeship Week by holding a series of workshops.

More than 120 young people from across the East Midlands attended and, as a result, apprenticeships have now been offered to seven candidates in the trades of plumbing and heating, electrical, joinery, plastering, floor-layering and tiling.

The event was opened by Ashfield’s Labour MP, Gloria De Piero. A different workshop was staged each day, with Matthews and Tannert’s tradesmen giving demonstrations of their skills.

There was also the chance for the students to discuss their future careers with senior members of staff and to take home application forms for this year’s intake of apprentices.

Typically, Matthews and Tannert employs 20 apprentices at any given time. The new intake will start in August, ready to start or return to college in September.

MATTHEWS and Tannert is a highly respected company within Ashfield business circles. Formed in 1985, it has steadily expanded and now boasts both a vast client-base and a loyal and committed workforce.

As well as its core expertise as a plumbing and heating contractor, the firm has added an electrical department and also specialises in skills such as plastering, wall tiling, floor tiling and decorating.

It offers a complete refurbishment service too. Last year, Matthews and Tannert was named business of the year, team of the year and employer of the year at the Chad Business Awards.