National Apprenticeship Week is drawing to a close – and to mark the end of the week, we spoke to one of our senior colleagues and former apprentices, Richard Britten, about his career path with Bagnalls.
“I was an apprentice painter back in 1992-1995 and at that time I still didn’t realise that the painting industry would be my true vocation, but 28 years later here I am.
“I’ve pretty much done every job you can think of from painter and decorator, site supervisor, Contracts Manager, Branch Manager, Regional Director and now I sit on the Main Board at Bagnalls. Although I have changed a lot, one thing hasn’t, and that is the importance that apprenticeships play in our company.
“My apprenticeship helped shape me as an individual and gave me a solid foundation on which to develop my skills and knowledge in the painting industry. I am now in the privileged position of driving recruitment for our next generation of craft painters and decorators.”
When asked what advice would he give his 18-year-old self, Richard added “Do an apprenticeship, you can earn money as you learn a trade and get supported by your local college and hopefully a good company. I have never regretted taking this route and would certainly recommend apprenticeships to young people.”
To find out more about apprenticeships with Bagnalls, visit our apprenticeships page.