Wolverhampton-based Utopia Furniture has introduced an apprenticeship scheme, to support and encourage new talent into the business.
The first two apprentices have already joined the company as part of the scheme which allows them to attend Dudley College of Technology for one or more days each week.
Chloe Powell has joined as an IT junior apprentice for an initial two years leading to an Infrastructure Technician qualification.
Adam Briscoe is a maintenance apprentice and will work towards a Mechatronic Maintenance Technician qualification over the next three and a half years.
Joint MD of Utopia Dave Conn said: “Young people are the lifeblood and future of our industry so it’s vitally important that we attract the next generation by offering a proper, structured career opportunity resulting in both formal qualifications and meaningful work experience.
“We look forward to nurturing this new talent and hope our apprentices will go on to have long and rewarding careers with us.”
MD of Quooker Stephen Johnson recently urged the kbb industry to unite in training the next generation of fitters to solve the skills gap, at the inaugural BiKBBI Conference.