A TAMWORTH window and conservatory firm is celebrating after another of its apprentices completed an NVQ Level 3 qualification as part of the company’s commitment to providing opportunities for young people.
The latest Bradley Scott Windows employee to complete the programme just happens to be the ‘Bradley’ the business is named after and is the son of company owner Andy Farrington.
The 19-year-old successfully gained the specialist window fenestration certificate after joining the Two Gates based business as an apprentice over two years ago. But despite being the boss’s son, there’s no special treatment for Bradley.
Andy, who started the business named after his sons Bradley and Scott in 1999, said: “I always said that if any of my three children wanted a place in the firm, they would have to earn it. Bradley started off as an apprentice after applying for a vacancy we had for a fitter – I didn’t even know he was going to apply.
“He was taken on as a permanent employee after completing the initial 12-month apprenticeship and has now successfully completed his Level 3. He’s getting on very well and he loves the job.
“I’m really proud of him and of course I’m hoping he will continue to work his way up and ultimately take over from me one day.
“However there’s no special treatment and if anything, it’s harder for him as he has more of a point to prove. During the week from 8am to 5pm I’m his boss and he’s my employee and is treated the same as everybody else; it’s the only relationship you can have in this situation.”
Bradley is the latest in a handful of apprentices who have trained and then stayed with the company and it’s a business practice Andy firmly believes in.
“I think it’s important to give young people opportunities to gain valuable industry skills and experience. I don’t care what their background is as long as they demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm to learn,” Andy said.
“As well as benefiting the local economy, employing apprentices is also good for business because I like employees to learn the way we work from the beginning. As a result, we have got a good group of enthusiastic young people working for us and bringing their own fresh ideas to the table.
“Bradley’s success is also thanks to my team of fitters who have taken the time to show him the ropes and teach him the skills. My main fitter started with us when he was 16 almost 10 years ago and has worked his way through so he knows what it’s like to be young and starting out, but it also shows that taking people on at a young age, even though they don’t have the relevant experience to begin with, can really pay off in the long term,” Andy added.
Bradley was highly commended for ‘apprentice of the year’ in the 2015 Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Business Networking Awards and will now be continuing his studies with fenestration surveying qualifications. Andy’s son Scott works at DFS while daughter Alishia has her own beauty business.