Kitchen firm take on more young workers

Rixonway Kitchens in Dewsbury have taken on new apprentices.
Rixonway Kitchens in Dewsbury have taken on new apprentices.

A kitchen supplier has endorsed National Apprenticeship Week and taken on four young hopefuls in their engineering division.

Rixonway Kitchens, in Churwell Vale, Dewsbury, have employed Joe Howley, Jason Leigh Jackson, Jamie Denison and Samesh Lad.

They will work part-time as machinist and maintenance apprentices, learning how equipment works and how to fix it.

Samesh Lad, 20, from Leeds studies part-time at Wakefield College. He said: “Doing an apprenticeship means learning, earning and getting hands-on experience.

“There aren’t many opportunities you will get where companies are willing to educate you whilst paying a wage to allow you to get experience.

“The variety of jobs to do on a daily basis is the most enjoyable thing. There is always something new to learn.

“I’ve picked up a keener interest in engineering as a whole and my apprenticeship has helped me find ways to make use of any spare time I have by using it to build on my expanding knowledge.”

The company has also recently offered full-time roles to four former apprentices – Toni Larkin, Laura Brentnall, Gemma Gibson and Jerome Austin – who now work in purchasing, administration and transport.

Rixonway sales and marketing director David Anderson said: “It’s a breath of fresh air to see so many young people taking up apprenticeships with us and working at our factory alongside their studies.

“Apprentices benefit both employers and employees and it is great to have so many enthusiastic young people wanting to learn a trade and establish their career with us.”

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to show the positive impact apprenticeships have on job-seekers, businesses and the economy. It is run by the National Apprentice Service (NAP)and runs from March 9-13.

Apprentice employers report benefits including improved skills levels, service, morale and productivity, according to the NAP.

Rixonway Kitchens works with social and affordable housing providers to supply kitchens for a range of new-build and refurbishment programmes.

It employs more than 500 people in its Dewsbury factory and is a Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeship Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service.