Optimum Skills is helping Aycliffe joinery firm reach new heights

Optimum Skills is helping Aycliffe joinery firm reach new heights

Training providers Optimum Skills are supporting a neighbouring joinery firm to recruit young staff and support its growth.

Optimum are providing top new talent to Kensington Specialist Joinery after recruiting an apprentice joiner and business admin assistant.

And a third apprentice is already in the pipeline as Kensington look to build on its rapid rise.

The firm only launched at its Beaumont Way premises in 2017 with two company directors.

After a raft of contract wins the company was up to 20 staff – but they now employ 30 staff and counting, and Optimum Skills are helping to future-proof the business by recruiting the firm’s future workforce.

Joseph Shields joined as an apprentice in July last year and attends Optimum’s bespoke construction academy in Darlington one day a week

“I’ve found the practical experience invaluable,” said the 18-year-old, from Darlington.

“I’ve learned how to fix units together, how to make and finish doors – I’m loving it.”

Ellie Nevison was the next Optimum apprentice to join Kensington last October in a business admin role.

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