An award-winning South Tyneside company has recruited five new apprentices in a bid to future-proof itself against a forecasted skills shortage.
Opus Group, based in Boldon, has taken on four apprentices in its Opus Building Services division and another in its Opus Medigas division.
A labour shortage of qualified workers is being widely forcast, so it is timely to take this guys on nowGavin Richardson
The latest recruitments aim to ensure the company does not fall victim to a shortage of qualified specialists in the future.
The apprentices were all put through a rigorous selection process by training body JTL, with four out of five of them attending colleges in North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Newcastle.
Opus Building Services managing director Gavin Richardson said: “I’m delighted to welcome them on board.
“A labour shortage of qualified workers in the building sector is being widely forecast, so it’s timely and prudent to take on these guys now on four-year, fully-indentured apprenticeship programmes.
“Three of the lads have come straight from school, but we’ve taken on one from a company that has gone into administration.
“He’ll be finishing off his plumbing apprenticeship with us, taking him through to final certification.”
Opus Building Services was created by Gavin and Ian King in 2006 and now has almost 100 members of staff.
The company, based in Boldon, specialises in electrical and mechanical engineering, providing heating and plumbing services across a range of sectors.