Apprentices given chance to enter work

From left, apprentice Kieran Potts, Funky Chunky Furniture Owner, Kevin Johnston and colleague Simon Cullen.
From left, apprentice Kieran Potts, Funky Chunky Furniture Owner, Kevin Johnston and colleague Simon Cullen.

A South Tyneside-based furniture manufacturer has praised the work of apprentices who are helping to grow his business.

Kevin Johnstone, owner of Funky Chunky Furniture, has taken on two new apprentices to help with rising demand.

I’ve been very impressed with the quality of learning provision.

Kevin Johnstone

The business, based in Wapping Street, South Shields, was launched two years ago and creates handcrafted furniture.

Both apprentices have been trained by Gateshead College.

Kevin said: “Both of my employees have gone through apprenticeships at Gateshead College and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of learning provision. The college has given me all the support I need to recruit the right people with the right kind of work ethic.

“I highly recommend the apprenticeship scheme and recommend other businesses to consider taking on an apprentice to share skills and knowledge with the next generation.”

Kieran Potts, 17, is combining on the job training at Funky Chunky Furniture while studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Warehousing and Storage at Gateshead College.

He said: “Learning a trade while working towards a qualification has not only given me practical skills, it has also given me knowledge and most importantly, first-hand experience of how a manufacturing business works.

“For a sector where the work is so hands-on but also requires accredited skills, it’s been a perfect training route for me.” Call Funky Chunky Furniture on 07870 729656