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NEW WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COALVILLE APPRENTICES

NEW WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COALVILLE APPRENTICES

17 Dec 2012

Despite facing tough trading conditions, Coalville Glass & Glazing has provided apprenticeship opportunities for five 17 and 18 year olds from Coalville, Whitwick and Swannington as part of its expansion programme.

The successful family-run business, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, makes Sheerframe windows and conservatories for major house builders across the Midlands as well as supplying to smaller builders and homeowners across Leicestershire.  It started 2012 with a £1 million boost to its order book and has continued to win new business throughout the year.

Says director Deborah Whitehorn, whose father Ray set up the business in 1973 and still heads the company:  “We are absolutely committed to the community and always strive to employ local people.  We are in it for the long term and taking on apprentices is a reflection of that.

“We’re thrilled with calibre and the enthusiasm of the apprentices who have recently joined us.  They have given the whole company a real buzz and we are confident they will make a tremendous contribution to our continuing success.”

The five – Adam Hudson, Adam Moore, Abbie Mastris, Gage Braban and Lewis Causer – work across the office, factory and window fitting teams.  “Already we are seeing the value they bring to the business and it is so rewarding to feel that we are giving them their first step into work in what is, for so many youngsters, a really tough jobs market,” says Deborah.

Coalville Glass & Glazing, which has been making Sheerframe high performance PVCu windows for over 20 years now, teamed up with the Nottinghamshire-based Futures Apprenticeship Agency who identify suitable apprentices and mentor the youngsters as they go through their training. .  It’s a route Coalville Glass would recommend to anyone thinking of recruiting new staff.

Matt Smart, manager at Futures, said: “We are delighted that Coalville Glass is able to find young staff to train up to meet their needs, through using our service. We are equally pleased that they have such good apprentices working for them, willing to seize the opportunity they have been given.

“The aim of the Futures Apprenticeship Agency is to help employers boost their businesses by making it easy for them to recruit and train apprentices.

“We are really pleased to hear how our Apprenticeship Agency service is having such a positive impact on this business whilst also meeting the needs of the young people by providing them with the skills, training and experience that they need.”

Now Coalville is looking to expand its business still further to meet demand for its Sheerframe windows and conservatories.  They are seeking another experienced new build window estimator to join the team and looking for additional new premises. But that is proving something of a challenge. 

Says Ray Whitehorn: “We are working almost to capacity at our old station yard factory and desperately need additional space to set up new production lines as we expand our business for trade customers, for local homeowners and for our growing list of house builder clients.  We are committed to staying in Coalville but finding suitable factory and warehousing space is proving tougher than we had expected.”

The company is staging a number of customer, staff and charity events to mark its 40 years in business in 2013, and is planning to relaunch its expanded over-the-counter glass and windows service to the trade and public in the New Year.

For more information about Sheerframe visit www.sheerframe.co.uk

For more information about Futures Apprenticeship Agency visit www.futuresnn.co.uk

 

Picture shows: (back row l-r) Gage Braban, Adam Hudson, Abbie Mastris, Deborah Whitehorn (front row l-r) Lewis Causer, Adam Moore outside Coalville Glass & Glazing’s factory in Old Station Close, Whitwick Road in Coalville.