Taking on apprentices through VIY

It’s really important to us to work closely with the supply chain and thanks to Dulux Trade Centres AkzoNobel we’ve had a great response to some recruitment through their charity partner VIY. VIY was established to give young people – many at risk of disengagement or exclusion from mainstream education – the training they need to develop trades skills.

Our Painting Operations Director Philip Jones comments: “We were impressed that VIY have managed to combine doing good work to the fabric of community buildings while giving opportunities to gain trade experience to those who might struggle to get into employment. We’ve advertised our apprentice opportunities to the cohort of VIY trainees and already found a candidate to join our apprenticeship scheme in the first round. We truly believe in giving people an opportunity, regardless of their background, and the VIY programme will help us to identify candidates we might otherwise miss. Our next step is to engage members of our workforce to assist with mentoring at some of the VIY schemes this year so they can give something back.”

VIY interviewed Jessica Fawke, People Development Coordinator at Ian Williams, to find out more about the company’s experience taking on apprentices through VIY


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