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Apprentices embark on training with Stepnell

A pair of young tradesmen from Coventry have secured prestigious apprenticeships with top construction and engineering firm, Stepnell.

Adam Green, 17, and Luke Jury, 18, were chosen for the programmes following a rigorous selection process run by the Rugby-based company. Their success will now see them undertake specific training and qualifications in their chosen fields – Adam in bench joinery and Luke in plant maintenance mechanics.

The pair will undertake on-the-job training while they work at the company while also carrying out college-based study programmes.

Adam told the Coventry Telegraph that he considered an apprenticeship to be the very best way into the business.

“I originally came to Stepnell for a week’s work experience and I enjoyed it so much that I decided joinery was what I wanted to do as a career,” he said. “I’m now hoping that when I graduate I’ll be able to stay on with Stepnell as a qualified joiner. I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship to other students - it really gets you ready for working life.”

Stepnell’s managing director, Mark Wakeford, said he was delighted to have the boys on board and is looking forward to seeing the cultivation of their skills as their training programmes progress.

“[Adam and Luke] are talented and enthusiastic young people who have promising futures in construction,” he told the newspaper. “Apprenticeships like these enable Stepnell to attract, train and recruit a new generation of talented people who will bring fresh ideas, innovation and competitive advantage to our business. We see them as an investment in our future, our community and our industry.”