Conservatory Outlet has been praised by the West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin for its commitment to industry and offering job opportunities for local young people.
Her comments came after she toured the manufacturer’s Wakefield factory as part of a wider fact-finding mission into manufacturing and how investment into the region could be increased.
She said: “Ensuring that young people have the skills they need to succeed is one of my key priorities for West Yorkshire as it will lead to a stronger, more modern economy.
“We’re investing in growth and productivity programmes for businesses right across the region and I’m thrilled it’s making such a positive difference on the ground.”
On the walkabout, she met several staff members who have benefitted from the firm’s apprenticeship programme that has so far seen 40 people progress into full-time roles.
Head of HR, Karen Starkey, who accompanied the mayor on her tour, said: “Developing talent is one of the cornerstones of our business. It was great to discuss this with the Mayor, whilst also showcasing how our work is levelling up the workforce in the region.
“The mayor’s visit couldn’t have been timed better for us, given that we’ve recently seen several apprentices move into full-time employment within the company, in roles as wide-ranging as Order Processing, Marketing, Finance and Fabrication.
“We’re hugely proud of our local heritage and the way we invest in people in Wakefield and the wider West Yorkshire region. By doing this, we’ve been able to put tens of people on journeys to reach their full potential and forge lasting careers with us.”
Pictured (l-r) Scott Brittain, Group Head of Technical, Quality & Continuous Improvement, showing Tracy Brabin (Mayor of West Yorkshire) around the factory.