Rugby firms celebrate Apprenticeship Week

Apprentices Michael Westley with Apex Stainless Fasteners operations manager Jim Carter and sales executive
Apprentices Michael Westley with Apex Stainless Fasteners operations manager Jim Carter and sales executive

Two Rugby based companies are being featured in a campaign to mark Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Friday.

Rent Mobility and Apex Stainless Fasteners have joined forces with Warwickshire County Council to celebrate the benefits of hiring an apprentice.

Increased productivity, higher staff retention and ensuring a skilled workforce for the future are just some of the benefits that are being highlighted to local businesses during Apprenticeship Week.

Rent Mobility director Suzannaa Vandervelden said: “Apprenticeships allow us to train people the right way for our business.

“They give us the opportunity to take someone on, train them and give them the time to build up very specific product knowledge,”

The Cymbeline Way firm runs two stores selling, renting and repairing mobility aids which make a difference to people’s lives, either helping people to get around or making everyday tasks around the home easier.

Apex Stainless Fasteners opened in Rugby in 1991 and has become one of Europe’s leading suppliers of stainless steel fasteners providing everything from bolts for motorway bridges to screws for the automotive industry.

The firm, based on the Somers Road industrial estate, prides itself on a worldwide reputation for product range, service and specialist support .

Operations manager Jim Carter joined the company 17 years ago as a modern apprentice. He said: “The business has grown significantly and apprentices have played a key role in our success.”

The county council’s Apprenticeship Hub is using Apprenticeship Week to encourage small businesses to take on apprentices, as well as promoting the range, breadth and success of apprenticeships locally.

The Apprenticeship Hub offers free support and advice to firms who may be thinking of hiring an apprentice and is able to help find out whether apprenticeships could be right for their business.

The hub has created more than 120 apprenticeship opportunities with small businesses across Warwickshire.

Email apprentice@warwickshire.gov.uk calling 01926 412649 or visit warwickshire.gov.uk/getanapprentice for more information.