Langwith supply company signs up to Chad apprenticeship scheme

NMAC11-2434-1''Langwith based Shop Equip have three apprentices, pictured from the left is; Manager Lee Noble and apprentices Blake Blanchard and Adam Birch.
NMAC11-2434-1''Langwith based Shop Equip have three apprentices, pictured from the left is; Manager Lee Noble and apprentices Blake Blanchard and Adam Birch.

A SUPPLY company in Langwith is among the first to sign up to Chad’s new apprenticeship hire scheme which we launched this week.

The initiative is aimed at bringing employers and training providers together to drive up the number of apprentices across Mansfield and Ashfield in a bid to create 100 new job roles for teenagers in our area.

Shop-Equip, which supplies catering and retail equipment as well as retail furniture, has taken on three new apprentices in the last 12 months and company director Lee Noble says it is beneficial to both the business and the individual.

“We have worked with apprentices for many years and we will continue to do so in the future,” he said.

“I would thoroughly recommend it to other companies in Mansfield.

“I started at Shop-Equip on the old Youth Training Scheme more than 20 years and we have always had the approach that if you have enthusiasm, the right attitude and are flexible you can go anywhere.

“There was a bit of negativity over the old YTS scheme as it was seen as a short-term low cost labour - there is a bedding-in process for both the apprentice and the business but we have a record of taking on a high number of people after they have completed their apprenticeship.”

Shop-Equip, which is based at Park View, has taken on three teenage apprentices in the last 12 months with new recruits working in the company’s departments as part of their training.

Kara Bowen is working in customer services, Adam Birch is working in IT and Blake Blanchard is working in warehouse and distribution.

They are being given hands-on work experience in a company which has a long term history of giving young people a chance.

“We want apprentices to show us their capabilities, they will work in a specific area but there is flexibility if they show a particular interest for something,” added Lee.

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 in our area.

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.