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Teenagers take over at toilet roll towers

Published 10th October, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Teenagers take over at toilet roll towers

Commercial cleaning supplies business, Source Supplies, has injected some youth into its workforce over the past month by employing a 19 year old apprentice and taking two 15 year old school children on work experience. The business that supplies many schools across the south east turned the tables and provided the training and mentoring for the teenagers.

Mike Davies of Crowthorne secured a job with the business in a sales and marketing role and will learn about the strategy and methods behind acquiring and keeping customers. He’ll also contribute to other areas of the business on a day-to-day basis. Enrolled with Farnborough 6th form college, Davies will have to complete six modules alongside his duties at Source before he can move into full employment and is excited about the opportunity: “I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time so I’m sure I’ll have loads of skills and experience by the end of the apprenticeship that will help take me forward. It’s exciting to be working in a business with such a great team spirit and an emphasis on brilliant customer service.”

Co-owner and sales director, Ollie Rastall, is delighted with the start that Davies has made: “My only real concern was how keen Mike would be but he’s been very proactive from day one. Teaching someone who wants to learn is very fulfilling and Mike has a really good attitude which is a vital to success. I’m sure he’ll be a very employable chap with a fantastic skill set at the end of his apprenticeship.”

Matty Stupple and Danny Shaw of Thornden School, Chandlers Ford, have completed two weeks work experience rotating their time between different areas of the business. Source Supplies founder, Dave Piper, explained why his company is happy to open its doors to school children: “Ollie and I were both quite young when we discovered that we each had an entrepreneurial spirit and hopefully the lads have seen how that can develop into a real vocation. Also, we both think it’s important to demonstrate to school-leavers that going straight into employment is a perfectly acceptable option when considering their future. They’re lovely lads and have been great to have around. They’ve got a great attitude and can call upon us anytime for advice or a job!”

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