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Successful apprenticeship scheme for Drayton-based Grays Fitted Furniture

14:03 04 July 2012

Charlie Paterson, 19, has secured a full-time job with Grays Fitted Furniture in Drayton.

Charlie Paterson, 19, has secured a full-time job with Grays Fitted Furniture in Drayton.

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Drayton-based Grays Fitted Furniture has given its apprentice Charlie Paterson a permanent job after taking part in an apprenticeship scheme for the first time.

After eight months of hard work Charlie Paterson 19, has completed his apprenticeship the company.

Managing director Mike Cooper said: “It’s a positive confirmation of just how the teamwork between local business and Broadland Council Training Services, supporting the apprenticeship programme can have a massive influence on the future of young people.”

Grays has been an established manufacturer and installer of made to measure kitchens, bedrooms and studies for forty years but this is the first time it has become involved in the apprenticeship scheme. Mike Mr Cooper said he believed the whole process has been mutually beneficial.

“The tutors at Broadland have provided both and Charlie ourselves with excellent mentoring and support. The outcome is that we have acquired a well trained and motivated member of staff who fits in with other colleagues and is proving an asset to the business.”

Mr Cooper said he was confident that the business would consider being involved again if the opportunity arose.

Centre Manager of Broadland Council Training services, Sharon Money said: “BCTS aims to provide a high quality learner and employer focussed package of support backed up by a team of very professional, vocationally competent and caring staff.”

Mr Paterson said: “I’m really happy with my progress and enjoyed completing all my projects. It’s great to be part of the Grays team and I’m looking forward to learning new skills.”

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