Gateshead-based brand implementation specialist Astley is creating 10 new roles for young people through its trainee development programme.
A leading name in the delivery of signage and large format print, the company, which is based in the Team Valley, has a blue chip client portfolio that includes Sainsbury’s, Hilton, The Co-operative, Waitrose and Cancer Research UK.
It also undertakes bespoke projects such as creating the iconic Great North Run sign, which was installed on the Tyne Bridge over 16 metres from road level.
In order to grow the business further, Astley is now looking for the next generation of signage professionals to join its ranks through its trainee development programme, which offers opportunities across the whole business including metal fabrication, plastic fabrication, electrical assembly, finance, graphic design, installation and estimating.
Training and development has been instrumental in the overall business strategy of the company, with four employees who joined as apprentices now having served over 20 years there.
The programme will include a tailored in-house training plan, competitive remuneration and structured mentoring support.
Apprenticeships will be an option for some, but Astley is looking to find the most appropriate course for each candidate.
The company, which has a turnover of around £10m, will then look to repeat a similar recruitment process in the future.
Managing director David Redhead said: “Our trainee development programme is essential to strengthen the business further and develop a strong team to drive future growth.
“We hope that by offering this fantastic opportunity we will be able to bring new ideas to our existing experienced and skilled workforce.”
Established by the current directors in 1990s, Astley moved to its purpose-built premises on the Team Valley five years ago, with design, manufacturing and installation work all taking place there. It now has four sites across the UK and employs 120 people.
For the trainee development programme, the business is looking for young people with five GCSEs graded C and above, or equivalent, including maths and English. Candidates must also be able to travel to the head office each day.