Employer Focus: Worden Carpentry Ltd

Worden Carpentry first opened its doors 17 years ago and is known for its excellent reputation under the ownership of Carl Worden. The company enjoys loyal, repeat customers who keep returning to the business thanks to its high quality delivery, organisation and professional service. Worden Carpentry works on a number of major projects from developments for Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey, to large apartment blocks. The organisation now employs three apprentices and is aiming to keep them on after their qualification as part of its business growth plan. We caught up with Carl to find out more.

“We would ideally like our apprentices to stay with us after they have finished their qualification as we have invested time training them to fit in with our company practices and high standards. By the time they complete the apprenticeship, we have skilled and qualified workers who know the business inside out; it makes complete sense to offer them further employment.

“Our apprentices work on a huge range of jobs and carpentry tasks from framing to roofing, and this means that they gain lots of valuable hands-on experience. They learn directly from me and have lots of one-to-one support to help them perfect their craft.

Owen Wyatt is currently completing his carpentry apprenticeship at Worden Carpentry. Carl says “Owen is a superstar. It’s been a pleasure to watch his constant growth since starting here and work alongside him. It’s rewarding to help young people develop their career and know that they will in turn benefit your business.

“Skills Group is also great to work with. The team there only put forward the best candidates for consideration; they wouldn’t suggest someone who isn’t up to the job. They are also supportive, flexible and make the apprenticeship process easy from start to finish.

“My advice to other businesses who are considering hiring an apprentice is to look for someone who is motivated. Be fair, firm and fun when working with them!”