Nine apprentices from HMG Paints, the UK’s largest independent paints manufacturer, are painting a bright future for themselves with the family firm after completing their apprenticeships and becoming full time members of staff.
“HMG has always been committed to the professional development of our employees and we are proud of the apprentices for completing their course and are looking forward to seeing their careers develop at HMG.” said Steve Crossman, Business Development Director, who started at HMG as an 18 year old apprentice.
The nine apprentice’s roles cover a whole variety of business areas, from business administration, research and development to product manufacturing. Two of the apprentices, Tyrone Fox and Joe DiBartolo even shared a stage at the British Coatings Federation national conference alongside Rt Hon Jack Straw MP on the importance of apprenticeships within the coatings industry.
“I found my apprenticeship at HMG Paints incredibly valuable, and have loved my time working within the company. This apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to learn new skills, gain business experience and forge a career for myself in this industry.” said Shannon Williams who completed a Business and Administration apprenticeship and also won the companies 2015 Employee of the Year award.
One of the keys to the apprentice’s success was the internal mentoring of the youngsters, who worked alongside senior mentors on a daily basis as they developed their coatings knowledge.“It may seem obvious, but the future of our business is with the young people who we are developing and training from a young age alongside our experienced members of staff” said John Falder, HMG Paints Managing Director, who recognises that investing in the development of the next generation is hugely valuable, not only to the organisations and industries involved but also to the students themselves.
The company has already taken on a further three apprentices and are actively looking to recruit a further six in the coming months.
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