Wakefield manufacturer Conservatory Outlet marks training milestone with six-figure investment
10 January 2023
A Wakefield based manufacturer of home improvement products has celebrated more than 15 years of backing apprenticeships by offering employment to six young people.
Conservatory Outlet, which employs more than 120 staff at its Thomas Wharf Lane factory, invested more than £130k into nurturing future talent over the last 12 months by continuing to offer access to vocational learning opportunities and ongoing professional development.
This has resulted in Kyle Green being offered a full-time role in IT Support and Natalie Bossons, who joined in 2019, now working as an Order Processor and developing her knowledge further by undertaking her Team Leader Level 3 qualification.
Eliza Auty, Kennedy Goodwin, and Georgie Tolley have all taken Order Processing positions, whilst Missy Mortimer has just completed her apprenticeship in December and will continue to help drive the firm’s strategic marketing strategy in 2023.
Karen Starkey, head of HR at Conservatory Outlet, commented: “We are one of Wakefield’s largest employers and believe it is critical to continue to offer new opportunities to local people.
“As we continue to grow, we have to look at ways of developing our staff and we have found apprenticeships are the best way of doing this, with the latest tranche of young people qualifying and taking on full-time roles.
“The sizable investment allows us to develop the individual in the ‘CO’ culture and we have a long and proven track record of offering progression routes that lead into senior positions.
“Our approach will continue in 2023. Two new apprentices have just started with us, with Ben Bradbury and Sam Allan studying towards their Business Admin Level 3 and AAT course respectively.”
Apprenticeships are one element of a strategic training programme operated by Conservatory Outlet. In addition to vocational learning, the Wakefield based firm also offers ongoing pathways for staff keen to progress and develop new skills.
Conservatory Outlet is “one of Yorkshire’s fastest growing manufacturers”, supplying a range of conservatories, doors, extensions, orangeries and windows, with the latest advancements in UPVC, composite and aluminium technology regularly added to its ranges.
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