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Family Firm Viking Recruits Second Apprentice

28th July 2015 Paul Andrews

Keighley company Viking Industrial Products has taken on its second new apprentice via The Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), part of the Get Bradford Working programme.

Matty Maggs, 18, of Braithwaite, has joined the office team at the tapes, adhesives and abrasives distribution firm, based at Coronation Business Centre in Hard Ings Road. He is working towards a Customer Services Apprenticeship Level 2 Diploma.

Matty is following in the footsteps of Luke Summers, of Shipley, who 12 months ago became Viking’s first engineering apprentice after the firm enlisted the help of ATA Bradford, based in Little Germany.

Luke had been referred to ATA by Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, who represents Windhill & Wrose on Bradford Council and serves on its executive, holding the Portfolio of Employment, Skills and Culture.

Matty was educated at Holy Family School in Keighley, leaving aged 16 to work for two years at the town’s Superdrug, at the same time undertaking an IT course at Keighley College.

Keen to follow the apprenticeship path, he first applied on the National Apprenticeship website and was referred to the ATA Bradford and in turn to Viking. His training is being delivered both in-house and via Woodspeen Training in Bradford, a specialist provider of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programmes.

 “It’s a real opportunity for me as I wanted a step up on my career path and was determined to learn valuable new skills. I’m already enhancing my customer service skills by dealing with Viking’s customers both over the phone and online,” said Matty.

Viking’s operations director Melanie Bennett said: “Our apprenticeship scheme via the ATA path has proved extremely successful. Our first apprentice Luke has done really well and has now been employed full time. He’s really blossomed and completed his training in April."

“Like Luke, Matty has been taken on for an initial 12-month programme. He has already brought in new IT skills and has quickly learned to process orders both over the telephone and online, as well as adapting to other office-related admin tasks."

“We are also supporting Matty in his efforts to get his English GCSE. We want to encourage and assist young people like him and Luke to give them a new purpose in life and help them fulfil their full potential. In fact, all our people are important to us and we remain keen to invest in them.”

Kate Dallas-Wood, chief executive of ATA Bradford, explained: “We continue to actively and successfully help regional businesses expand by encouraging them to take on apprentices and match them with a suitable local training provider to help equip them with the skills and qualifications both they and their employers are looking for."

“We remain fully committed to assisting companies like Viking to identify and recruit keen and talented young people like Luke and Matty and help them get a foot on that all-important first rung of the employment ladder.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe commented: “It’s great to see that Luke is doing so well, and I’m equally sure that Viking’s latest apprentice, Matty, will also soon become a real asset to the company.  Get Bradford Working continues to prove its worth, as the council, employers, training providers and other local agencies pool their resources and expertise to successfully find people work all across the district.  Over 1,000 people have found work through Get Bradford Working so far."

Established in 1989, Viking employs a 19-strong workforce and continues to expand its Yorkshire-wide trading base. It remains a strategic partner of global technology giant 3M and the leading online supplier of 3M products in the UK through its website. 



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