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Getting off to a good start

Getting off to a good start


Leading Edge Signage, which specialises in the design and production of display graphics, is currently investing heavily in apprentices in order to further to support the growth of its expanding operation.

In the seven years since its launch, the West Yorkshire-based company has grown from a workforce of just four to 40 and first began employing apprentices after just six months in business. So successful a process has this been, that now, Managing Director Matthew Evans has pledged that over the next five years, 10 percent of the company’s growing workforce will be made up of apprentices.

The latest apprentice giving Yorkshire’s Leading Edge Signage the ‘edge’ is 19-year-old Jake Render

The latest apprentice giving Yorkshire’s Leading Edge Signage the ‘edge’ is 19-year-old Jake Render

Its first apprenctice signmaker was its Installation Manager, Joe Addison, who began his career when he originally joined Leading Edge Signage in 2009. After winning Apprentice of the Year in 2010, Joe qualified in 2011 and now leads a team of 10 people on a multi-million pound UK retail graphics contract.

He has since been joined by recently qualified apprentice and fitter Joe Bowman, whooriginally had his sights set on teaching sports until an interview with Matthew Evans led to a two- year apprenticeship. Meanwhile 19-year-old Jake Render, who is half way through his three-year fabrication and welding apprenticeship, is also studying for his NVQ Level 2 in Engineering Operations at Bradford College.

Matthew Evans, who confirmed that a further two apprentices will be appointed this year, observed:  “Because this is a skilled industry that continues to evolve, its future lies in the hands of the next generation of young people and we’re proud to be playing a part in providing the skills they will need while also enjoying the valuable contribution they can make to our business.”


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