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Designs celebrates young talent

Designs celebrates young talent

The Hull-based sign and vehicle branding company Designs celebrated its young talent during the recent National Apprenticeship Week.

Designs currently employs two apprentices, Lloyd Bettney, 16, and Jordan Geraghty, 21, who work with the Designs’ team four days a week, in addition to pursuing their academic studies at Hull College, in order to learn the tricks of the trade that will stand them in good stead during their future careers in signmaking.

Working as vinyl print operatives, both are fully trained to run the various print and cutting machines used to create signs and branding for Designs’ customers. They are also competent in the art of assembling the vehicle reflective kits that Designs supply for the emergency services.

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for young people to train while they work, thus gaining hands-on experience and a salary at the same time. Taking between one and six years to complete, apprenticeships are available to people over 16, during which time they will be trained to be fully proficient in their chosen occupation.

Lloyd Bettney said of his apprenticeship: “The team has really supported me in my role here at Designs. I’m on a one-year course, and at the end, I’ll gain my level two in signmaking and will also have the all-important practical experience too.”

Jordan Geraghty added: “After applying for the course online, Hull College referred me to Designs. What’s great is that I’m working with a team that has years of experience and is really supportive. Everyone has made me feel welcome right from the beginning and I hope I’ll be able to stay with Designs for the foreseeable future!”

“Rob Daysley, Designs’ Managing Director said: “Lloyd and Jordan are crucial team members here at Designs and the tasks they complete really contribute to our overall productivity.

“I think it’s important to employ apprentices – they are the workforce of the future and ultimately, they’ll be the ones taking over our businesses. Both of our apprentices do an amazing job and we are more than happy to help them to gain their qualifications and enter the world of work properly prepared.”

Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of apprenticeships that brings the community together to celebrate their impact on individuals, employers and the wider economy.

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