Chad campaign signs up another apprentice

MANSFIELD businessman Peter White is looking for a hardworking and reliable apprentice with a bit of spark to join his company in the coming months.

His company Vault Contracts Ltd, based at Millennium Business Park, has signed up to our 100 Apprenticeships Campaign and 48-year-old Peter, who started the electronic security business in 1988, says an apprenticeship can be mutually beneficial for both apprentice and employer.

“It is a really good opportunity for a young person to learn a trade and work in a pleasant working environment,” he said.

“They will not be just fitting alarms all day, each day they’ll be working on different sites with different people and working on a variety of problems.

“I think you have to give young people a chance which someone of my age, did not have 30 years ago.”

Vault Contracts Ltd, which installs domestic alarm systems and commercial electronic security systems throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, has more than 3,000 customers and works alongside county police forces, local councils and detective agencies.

Peter says a new apprentice would work on a variety of jobs alongside current staff to gain hands on experience in a working environment.

“It is not a short term post, we want it to be a long-standing relationship but I am looking for someone who really wants to do the job,” added Peter, whose 21-year-old son works alongside him.

“It is a chance for us to mould someone to our own business requirements.

“I think more apprenticeships is what the country needs, it is important to pass down skills of the trade to the next generation.”

Peter, who started his working career as an apprentice in 1980, has criticised the school system for not doing enough to prepare leavers for working life.

“Through local businesses, school leavers need our support more than ever mainly due to the lack of preparation from the schools themselves on how a school leaver should present themselves to an employer.

“Believe it or not, a close business friend of mine had a school leaver turn up for a job interview on a skateboard.

“The schools’ approach to education is not setting them up for life in the real world.”

For more information visit www.vaultcontracts.com or contact Mansfield 811225.

Chad has teamed up with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) in the East Midlands to help create 100 new job roles which could change the lives and shape the futures for hundreds of young people.

If you are an employer and want to make your pledge to our 100 Apprenticeships Campaign contact Tony Jones at National Apprenticeship Service on 01332 868346 or email tony.jones@apprenticeships.gov.uk.