A CARING Blackminster-based charity has recruited its first apprentice and helped a town resident take his first step on the career ladder.
Roundabout, the popular furniture reuse/recycle charity, has opened its doors to Paul Byatt, a 22-year-old from Fairfield.
Paul joined the charity after completing an unpaid work placement and has accepted the 12 month apprenticeship.
During his year with the charity, Paul will learn all of the business strands of charity and also continue on-and off-the-job
training through the South Worcestershire College leading to a level 2 NVQ in Business Administration.
And his appointment has also enabled Roundabout to offer an afternoon delivery and collection service for the first time.
A member of staff has had their hours increased and Paul will work with the staff member during the afternoons.
His mornings will be spent concentrating on his NVQ and charity bosses hope the new system will mean recipients of the donated furniture items will not have to wait to long for a delivery as was often the case.
Paul said: “I’m really excited about my year at Roundabout.
“At the end of the year I hope to enhance and further the skills that I already have and to gain a better understanding of working for a highly respected organisation like Roundabout.”
Roundabout manager, Peter Andrews, said: “Paul will be a valuable addition to the Roundabout team.
“Paul impressed during his work placement and so he was an obvious choice as Roundabout’s first apprentice.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to offer him this important step on the career ladder.”
“I would also like to thank Evesham-based John Martin charity for their support in enabling us to appoint Paul.” he added.
Visit www.roundaboutevesham.org.uk for more information about the charity.