A Washington roofing specialist is launching its own academy to help invest in the region’s youngsters.
Findley Roofing will take on four to six apprentices over the coming months, who will be put through an apprenticeship while benefitting from hands-on training from a company which has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry.
The scheme, which will run from centres in Washington and South Tyneside, will include one-to-one training, regular appraisals and the opportunity for apprentices who are excelling to earn more, through an accelerated programme.
The firm hopes the move will help to address a short supply of skilled roofers in the region.
General Manager Chris Dodds said: “There is a skills gap emerging and we need to help close it by investing in young people.
“It’s not easy to find hardworking, loyal people but we believe young people are the future and this is why we are keen to invest our time, money and effort into helping them.
“As there is currently a short supply of tradesmen, now is the perfect time for young people to get into a trade, as they will have the opportunity of a strong career.”
Findley Roofing has seen its workforce double in size to 38 and a huge increase in turnover over the last year.
“We’re looking for young people who are keen, hardworking, have character and want to learn, as there will be opportunities for them to become team leaders in the future,” said Chris.
“We’re also looking for team players, as the dedicated, professional team we currently have, is one of the reasons for our success.”
Ian Wright, from Hebburn, knows just how important the academy will be. The 25-year-old has been working for Findley for 18 months and will soon be leading a team of roofers.
“The knowledge and confidence I have gained since being taken on by Findley and working alongside my mentor, Mick, is huge,” said Ian.
“I know I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if they hadn’t given me a chance and I would tell any future apprentices to stick at it, as it’s the only way they will learn.
“A lot of young people give up too easily and if they’re not happy just leave, but if you put your faith in the company and work for them, you will reap the benefits.”
To find out more about the Findley Academy, visit: www.findleyroofing.co.uk/