With the recent, and successful National Apprenticeship Week, highlighting the requirement for successful businesses to value apprentices, one company in the West Country believes it is following this.
Matt Prowse, of the Cornwall Glass Group, joined the company at just 16 as an apprentice and has steadily built up his career learning every aspect of the industry where now he is a dedicated member of the sales team.
The business sees this story as a perfect example of how successful apprenticeship schemes can be prosperous for both the apprentice themselves and the possibilities which open up to them and for the company as well, leading to both the company and apprentice continuing to grow and develop together.
Matt Prowse began in the glass factory as an apprentice where his abilities led him progress to production supervisor and further on to managing the team at Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd. Through these roles it enabled Matt to gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of the industry, where he then channelled this knowledge into successfully managing the store in Launceston, Dunheved Glass Centre. He is now operating within the company’s sales team, where he will be serving trade customers throughout the South-West region specifically representing Westcountry Glass at Saltash as well as the branch in Highbridge M5 Glass Centre.
Cornwall Glass and Glazing Ltd currently employs 16 apprentices in various locations within the network of 15 branches covering the Southwest with ages between 16 and 40. They work in a variety of roles working as branch assistants, glaziers and operatives within the factories and some in the business administration areas of the company.