Saxonby’s first apprentice is already showing ‘great potential’
A Shropshire home builder has appointed its first apprentice, with the long-term aim of creating a managerial position at the end of his training.
19-year-old Michael Box will be working towards a City & Guilds, NVQ level two and three in carpentry at Shrewsbury based Saxonby. He is currently dividing his time between working at the company’s Liverpool Road development in Whitchurch and one day per week at his training provider, Shrewsbury College.
Andrew Copson, director at Saxonby, which has recently been short listed in the Business in the Community category for a Shropshire Chamber business award, said: “Although a big commitment for us as a small company, apprenticeships are something we believe in whole-heartedly at Saxonby. Michael is already showing great potential and he will be introduced to all aspects of the construction industry throughout his training and as his career progresses to becoming a future business manager. His previous apprenticeship opportunities were terminated early due to the recession affecting the companies he was with, so we’ve provided him with a positive start and will continue to invest in his prospects. And in recognition of Michael’s ability we are paying him double the recommended rate of pay for an apprentice.
Picture: Michael Box, apprentice carpenter at Saxonby.