Leeds-based manufacturer Pland Stainless is continuing to grow its apprenticeship scheme which it put into place 20 months ago.

The firm now has apprentices across many disciplines in the business and it believes they are contributing to its continuous development.

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Apprentices are seen as strategic to Pland’s development and an important part of the succession plan for the company.

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Three apprentices started with the fabricator in September 2014 and were placed in the welding, warehouse and maintenance teams.

A year later two further apprentices were recruited in welding and the technical office team.

The company has just taken on a further apprentice and more are planned for the autumn.

Ian Hodgson, co-owner of Pland Stainless commented: “We have a wealth of staff with years of experience in the business and it’s great to see them share their skills with our young apprentices.

“The apprentices bring fresh new ideas too from their college support and they are now seeing that jobs are available after training.

“James McNichol has demonstrated this, as has just been promoted to warehouse supervisor and his training will continue to enable him to excel in his chosen career path.”