Moores has continued its solid as a rock relationship with Paperworks – a local not for profit social enterprise – by launching an innovative apprenticeship scheme to help adults with learning, physical and mental health related disabilities get work ready.
The supportive work experience programme is specifically designed to provide apprentices with work preparation training and support through a range of tasks and job roles in a number of working environments. This includes general administration and office work, right through to gaining valuable experience in manufacturing production and warehousing.
Jackie Keir, Deputy Manager at Paperworks’ Harrogate branch, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Moores Furniture Group to deliver this fantastic scheme. It has been developed to give people the opportunity to develop their skills and gain first class experience so they are fully equipped for paid work.
“Many of our apprentices have no idea what it’s like being in a working environment, so this is a great way to give them the responsibility and build their confidence so they know they can do it.”
As part of the programme, Moores work with the apprentices to give them on-the-job training in manufacturing and production areas of the business, along with customer service and back office support.
In addition, Moores helps apprentices develop their general communication and interview skills, such as helping them with their CVs, as well as providing them with essential health and safety training in the workplace.
Mark Hunter, Moores’ Learning and Development Manager, said: “As one of the largest employees in the local area, we take our commitment to skills training and bringing a new generation of people into the manufacturing industry seriously.
“Paperworks is a fantastic organisation that we have worked in conjunction with for a number of years as a fulfillment house for sending out marketing literature and brochures to our customers. The introduction of this apprenticeship programme builds on our partnership approach to working even further.”