Furrows Group is delighted to have been a finalist in the apprentices category at the 2019 Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Apprenticeships have played a key role in the history of our company throughout the 100 years we’ve been in business, and it’s great to have been recognised in such a high-profile manner.
Managing director Dave Farthing said: “Furrows believes that apprentices are the bed rock on which our company’s success is built and that they are a fantastic way to find the stars of tomorrow.
“We have spent the past 100 years in business strongly committed to giving apprentices the opportunity to build a career with us, and this tradition is just as strong today as it was when we first started out.
“It’s particularly pleasing to be recognised at this year’s Shropshire Business Awards as our management team has worked so hard to ensure our apprentices get the training they need to develop their skills.
“We’d like to thank Richard Pettener from Furrows of Oswestry and Baz Hoare from our transit centre in Shrewsbury for their commitment to our apprenticeship programme, and for helping the apprentices who join our team to progress so well.”
The dedication Furrows has shown to apprenticeships has already led to a regional award when the Group was named as the West Midlands winner of the SME Employer of the Year category in the 2018 National Apprenticeship Awards, and they were also regionally highly-commended in the Recruitment Excellence award category.
And Tom Brookes, who is a commercial vehicle sales apprentice at the Furrows Transit Centre in Shrewsbury, was named as the Business and Professional Apprentice of the year 2018 by Ford as part of their national apprenticeship programme.
Dave said: “We currently have 13 apprentices across our three dealerships in Telford, Shrewsbury and Oswestry, and six of our eight senior managers began their careers through an apprenticeship programme.
“It’s clear that apprenticeships really do work for Furrows, and we’re already working hard to encourage the next generation of candidates to sign up for a future career in our industry.”