We have welcomed the next generation of Pave Aways’ craftsmen with the appointment of three new apprentices.

Louie Bowen, Dan Davies and John Goss have all started carpentry apprenticeships with us and are learning their trade on the new low carbon facilities we are building at Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury for Shropshire Council.

Sixteen-year-old Louie, a former student at Shrewsbury’s Belvidere School, is following in the footsteps of his carpenter dad Adam who has worked on our sites as a sub-contractor. His mentor is Max Barnett, who learned his skills from Louie’s dad when he began work at Pave Aways.

Dan Davies, a 17-year-old from Pontesbury, has joined after completing a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Construction at the Mary Webb School and then a Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery at the Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

And Jon Goss has stepped up from his role as a multi-skilled labourer to a dedicated role as a carpentry apprentice. The trio will all be combining on site work with study at Shrewsbury College.

Managing Director Steven Owen said the new apprentices signalled a significant boost to the our carpentry team.

“We were very impressed with Louie and Dan when they did work experience with us,” he said. “It was a natural progression for them to join the team on a full-time basis and we look forward to supporting them through their careers. Jon displayed a natural aptitude for carpentry and, as we are keen to invest in and upskill our employees, the apprenticeship will help him gain the professional qualifications he needs.”

We have a strong tradition of bringing on new talent and won the Education and Training award at the 2020 Shropshire Business Awards. We are also a member of The 5% Club, a national movement committed to investing in new talent and 23 per cent of our current workforce is apprentices or trainees.