Case study: Employing apprentice Fletcher was company’s ‘best decision ever’
Employing Fletcher Smith as a young apprentice has been one of the best decisions ever made by international business Fork Truck Warehouse Europe.
Initially hesitant about taking on an apprentice, the management team at Fork Truck Warehouse Europe now agree they couldn’t have had a better experience.
Nick Bull, sales manager at the Cheshire-based company said:
“Having Fletcher join the team has allowed the company to grow significantly, something we really weren’t expecting off the back of taking on an apprentice.”
Fletcher, 20, who was named Learner of the Year at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards last year, has now completed his Level 2 Warehousing and Storage apprenticeship and his life has changed dramatically.
He now has real purpose in life, having moved into his own home and has a full-time position as a warehouse engineer with the company. This is something, he says, that was unimaginable almost two years ago.
Fork Truck Warehouse Europe buy, sell and lease forklift trucks and machinery to the trade and export to 42 countries worldwide.
“Fletcher got to grips with every aspect of the business from power washing dirty forklift trucks right through to meeting high net worth customers.
“He has added a great deal to the company in many ways. Of most significance has been allowing the directors and myself additional time to grow the business and increase turnover and profitability.
“He has never been off sick, never been late, never been disciplined, been given any type of warning or, in fact, had anything negative occur.
“His work ethic is second to none, he rides over six miles a day on his bicycle to get to work in all weather conditions and never once grumbled, even when it snowed.”
Fletcher was also praised for the impact he has had on the local community.
“His positive experiences have encouraged friends and family to gain employment or get training.
“Fletcher has motivated a number of people to get up, go out and find opportunities which we think is fantastic.”
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