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Apprentice goes from strength to strength at The Furniture Scheme


A local charity that helps people gain skills and employment opportunities has helped one volunteer become an apprentice and learn valuable skills for employment.

Ben Jenkins, 19, started working as a volunteer for The Furniture Scheme (TFS) in March last year, where he helped out in reception. After showing his skills and enthusiasm, he was taken on as a Business Admin apprentice in June and has since gone from strength to strength with the help of the social enterprise company, based in Ludlow.

Ben works at the Rockspring Centre and is learning all about administration, finance and customer care as part of his apprenticeship, as well as becoming a trained fire marshall and helping people coming into the centre for assistance with housing or from the food bank.

He says: “I love The Furniture Scheme and what it stands for. I like working in an environment where everyone respects each other and I really enjoy working closely with the community.”

I have also gained a lot of confidence while working at the Rockspring Centre. Since I have been here I’ve learnt a lot of new skills including IT and organisation skills. I really enjoy working here because they help the community and give a lot of support to the public.”

Gill Pitt, HR Learning & Development Manager for TFS, which is part of The Wrekin Housing Group, said: “It’s been great to see Ben develop and gain confidence in his role. At The Furniture Scheme we offer help to the community and to those wanting to work and learn new skills in an encouraging environment, and it’s been really rewarding to be able to offer this opportunity to Ben.”

For information about opportunities and services with The Furniture Scheme visit www.furniturescheme.co.uk


March 7, 2016

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