YOUNG people are being given a helping hand to get on the career ladder – thanks to a South Tyneside firm.
Snugfit, based in Franklin Street, South Shields, has taken on its latest apprentice to train in the art of kitchen fitting.
Jack Thompson, 17, joined the team in September and is already proving his worth to the company as it continues to go from strength to strength.
Kitchen showroom manager Anthony Almond said: “I joined the company two years ago and the kitchen department is continuing to go from strength to strength, which is why we have been able to take on Jack as an apprentice.
“As well as recruiting those already in the trade with the right qualifications and experience, we also need to look at taking on and training younger people to ensure the gap between generations is filled.”
Snugfit has been operating for the past 18 years selling conservatories, windows and doors. It later branched out into bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and central heating.
Over the years the company has taken on a number of apprentices, with Jack being the latest to join the company.
As part of his training, he goes out to work with experienced fitting teams as well as attending college one day a week. Once every six weeks, Jack also spends a week at college which also includes learning the joinery trade.
Anthony added: “Taking on apprentices is definitely worthwhile to companies, and all we have seen is positives by taking on young people like Jack.”
The firm currently employs 35 people in its various departments.
Earlier this year, Snugfit opened its second showroom so customers are able to see more of what the company has to offer – all under one roof.
For more information on what Snugfit has to offer, visit www.snugfit.co.uk