A specialist repair and maintenance company has taken on another two apprentices to help the firm achieve its growth plans.
Daron Deighton, from Catterick, joins Darlington-based Stone Technical Services as a stonemason while Ben Snell, from Darlington, will work as a bricklayer.
Stone specialises in maintenance, facilities management, steeplejack services, lightning protection, restoration and masonry refurbishment projects on churches, museums, clock towers, castles, spires and historic buildings.
In addition to its Darlington headquarters, it has offices in Edinburgh, central London, Middlesex and Cheshire, employing 37 people.
Earlier this year, the company took on a further five employees, including three apprentices and managing director Dave Stone has now been invited to advise the Darlington initiative, Foundation for Jobs, on recruiting apprentices, having begun his career in an apprenticeship.
“Both my brother and I started as apprentices before setting out on our own to launch our company,” Stone said.
“I strongly believe more opportunities need to be created for young people in all sorts of industries.
“However, many of the skills in our sector can only be learnt with hands-on experience and that’s what we provide.
“All our apprentices are trained to the highest standards, surpassing set guidelines, so that they are equipped with the necessary abilities to work on some of our high profile clients such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Lumley Castle and Teesside Power Station.”