Cumbrian business Ast Signs, has been nominated by local MP Rory Stewart as constituency ‘Responsible Business Champion’ for 2016.
Each year MPs are invited by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) to identify an outstanding local business that, because of its positive impact in its constituency, deserves to be their Constituency Responsible Business Champion.
The Penrith company, which is one of the UK’s leading specialists in commercial signage and transport branding, is keen to invest in developing its workforce and currently employs seven apprentices in total. Five of the apprentices have been working towards their NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Signmaking and two are working towards their NVQ Level 3 Certificate. Apprentices, Daniel Anderson, Nathan Aston, Jack Bell, Tim Fraser and Dan Pickthall are all based in the Production Department, while Liam Robinson and Josh Oliver work as part of the Fitting Team.
Adam Wellings, Commercial Director of Ast Signs said: “Our Apprentice Programme is important to us for a number of reasons; firstly, it is a means for the business to attract talented young people as new recruits and provide them with a means of progression; secondly, it is a method to provide them with the knowledge and skills to help them make a growing contribution to the business; and finally, it is a very effective way for Ast Signs to grow its workforce, drawn from a pool of local people as a means of demonstrating its commitment to Penrith.
“Ast Signs has made a significant commitment to its Apprentice Programme; young apprentices now make up over 10% of our total workforce and as the business grows we expect this percentage to increase as new recruits join our team.”
For more information about Ast Signs, please visit www.astsigns.co.uk .