Market Rasen company lights the way for worker of the future

Apprentice Joshua Whyman with Kay Burge
Apprentice Joshua Whyman with Kay Burge

A Market Rasen business is celebrating a successful year having created 12 jobs and started an apprenticeship scheme.

And best of all, the majority of jobs have gone to local people.

“We are great believers in local employment,” said Roy Goodyear, Group Management Consultant for Tradelight in the town’s Oxford Street.

“We have taken on 12 people since we moved to this site 12 months ago and are looking at possibly creating six more jobs on the manufacturing side over the next 12 months.”

And last month, the company also took on their first apprentice.

Joshua Whyman is the first of what the company hopes will be many apprentices to be taken on.

The 19-year-old from Market Rasen is working in marketing and business administration.

“I feel very lucky to be given this apprenticeship; not many young people get an opportunity like this,” said Joshua.

“It is nice to get into the stride of adult life and get a nine to five job but still be able to work towards a qualification.

“And of course it is good to get a job so close to home, as it saves on travelling time and costs.”

Alongside the level three advanced apprenticeship programme, which will take around 12 months, Tradelight also has plans to help develop Joshua further through ISMM, the Institute of Sales and Marketing Managers.

“We are passionate about the apprenticeship programme,” said Kay.

“Nowadays, everyone has to take responsibility for developing future skills and we are delighted to have Joshua as our first apprentice.”

And the company has shown how keen they are to support their new apprentice by deciding to pay him over the apprentice rate.

“Joshua has made a great start and I have every confidence in him,” added Kay.

“And if he continues to work as he has, and as long as things stay as they are, I would like to say I could see him being with the company for a long and successful career.”

Tradelight is now looking at other ways to invest in the town; see next week’s Rasen Mail for more information.