Workplace Products was founded over 40 years ago as a Mail Order Catalogue Company, in the supply and distribution of industrial equipment such as lifting and handling equipment, workbenches, lockers and much more. The current management team bought the company in 2004 when it employed just 10 people, and since their takeover the company has grown dramatically each year up to its current turnover of approximately £5 million and with a team of 22 employees. Based in Aldridge, the growth of the business has been through developing the catalogue which is now just under 1000 pages with over 30,000 products on offer, along with the development of websites and ensuring that the company has a large web presence.
Workplace Products operates with a strong team and encourages the involvement of young people in the business to ensure that they develop well and help to secure the longevity of the business. Walsall College made us aware of the opportunities that taking on apprentices would open up for the business and the funding available through the AGE 16-24 grant. They also worked with us to recruit two apprentices for roles in Administration and Customer Services we were looking to fill, and guided us through the process of applying for the grant.
Marketing Manager at Workplace Products, Gregg Higgit said: “The apprentices have bought a breadth of fresh administrative skills to the business that we have been able to tailor and develop. They have also had opportunities to grow into different parts of the company, such as product procurement and customer service.
“The Apprenticeship scheme has been an excellent way of introducing fresh, enthusiastic people to our business, that we can develop and up-skill. It is also a great way to provide young local people with an opportunity that will give them experience in a real working environment in which to learn, as well as an alternative education to university.”