Apprentice marks expansion for removals firm

06 March 2019 | Apprentices

Plympton-based company, Cambridge Removals and Storage, has marked its expansion into brand-new, purpose-built premises by recruiting its first apprentice.

18-year-old Reece Farrar, has joined the family-run firm as a Warehousing and Logistics Apprentice after carrying out work experience alongside his father, who also works for the company.

With their sights set on developing the company, the Directors of Cambridge Removals and Storage contacted the Business Engagement team at City College Plymouth to take their first steps towards investing in Reece’s development and the future of the business by taking on an Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice, Reece not only benefits from learning on-the-job through his day-to-day duties with the company, but also earns a wage and receives the support of City College Plymouth who are known for their ‘Outstanding’ Apprenticeship provision with achievement rates 15% higher than the national average.

Cambridge Removals Director, Jason Day, runs the business alongside his wife Kelly. He says: “We are a family-run firm and our team has been moving and storing people’s belongings for almost 40 years. We see our work as a skilled trade, and it is important that we continue to recruit new people like Reece into the business in order to pass on our knowledge and insight for the company’s longer-term future.

“Our way of doing things and the care we take with people’s belongings, is key to our success. We have over 80 five-star reviews and are approved under Plymouth City Council’s Buy with Confidence scheme, which is in partnership with trading standards. We are also members of the Road Haulage Association.

He adds: “Reece carries out a wide range of duties with us. He has a front of house role dealing with customers, as well as packing storage items into crates and placing them in secure storage. He’s learning about every aspect of our work and the importance in the detail. We take the utmost care and have a huge amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to packing, storage and removals.”

Director of Marketing and Business Engagement at City College Plymouth, Pauline Hands, says: “Apprenticeships can be key to ongoing growth for companies of all sizes. Cambridge Removals has a highly experienced team of eleven staff including the directors and they wanted to recruit someone who could be moulded into their way of working, and hopefully have a long career with them. We are delighted to be working with Kelly and Jason as they continue their ongoing growth – it’s great news for the area.”

Reece adds: “I’ve moved down from Halifax to start this job and live with my dad, who has worked for Jason and Kelly for a few years now. I’m really enjoying it. I’m learning the ropes, working my way up and getting to see lots of new places – not just in the South West but in other areas of the UK too. I’m learning a lot about storage and also planning on getting my HGV licence which will create more opportunities further down the line.”

For more information about Apprenticeships at City College Plymouth, visit cityplym.ac.uk, e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk or call 01752 305026.

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