Homewares and textiles licensee Character World has hired four apprentices to work across different areas of its business.
Stephanie Lee, Tasleema Begum, Jessica Philips and Geraldine McIntyre will work in the supply chain, sales support, product development and design teams.
They were recruited via The Modern Apprentice scheme with assistance from Stockport College, where they will be on a two-year apprenticeship programme. They will spend one day in college completing NVQs in their area of specialism and four days at Character World.
"We've recruited our apprentices in order to build our team in response to the growth of the business so far this year," said David Marshall, head of human resources at Character World. "We recognised that there were skills shortages in key areas and decided to develop young people to fill future vacancies in these areas.
"The four young people that we have recruited will benefit from the many years of experience that existing members of the Character World team possess.
"It's the first time we've taken on apprentices and it's going so well that we hope to recruit more next year."
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