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Sealey, of Bury St Edmunds, offers opportunity for 12 youngsters to join its 'University of Tools'

A Bury St Edmunds employer is seeking the next generation to join its ‘University of Tools’.

Tools and workshop equipment brand Sealey, of Kempson Way, is offering apprenticeships to develop the skills and interests of young people who might not want to go down the traditional university route.

Mark Sweetman, managing director, said the firm could be the answer to those disillusioned by the recent A-level results ‘fiasco’ or struggling to make life decisions.

An aerial shot of Sealey buildings, on Suffolk Business Park (41309332)
An aerial shot of Sealey buildings, on Suffolk Business Park (41309332)

“Many could seriously consider whether a university education is right for them,” said Mark.

“A better option could be to learn on the job with a company that recognises commitment and hard work and rewards both with opportunities and progression.”

Sealey has a record of promoting from within – most of the current board of directors and management team started as trainees in their teens.

Mark said: “We are looking for the future generation of the business. We are looking for the team that are going to carry the business through the next 40 years.”

“I left school at 16 with little in the way of qualifications, as did many of my colleagues. We have all grown up with the business.”

Apprentices would be paid as they learn, with recognised qualifications available through day release or evening classes.

Trainees work in all departments to learn all aspects of the business and discover what they are best suited to and enjoy.

Applications for the Tool University programme are open now, with 12 places available.

“Rather than formal qualifications, we are looking for energy, commitment and an open mind,” said Mark.

“Dedication and hard work could see an applicant from the 2020 intake running the business in the next 20 years – it has happened before.”

For more information, email recruitment@sealey.co.uk

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