Mill Outlets, an established family-run business started in Warwickshire, but has recently moved to Northamptonshire, has been working with Intec BusinessColleges to recruit young apprentices to their business. Using Intec’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Service, Mill Outlets has started to develop an Apprenticeship programme for the business.
Mill Outlets is now a purely on-line e-commerce business that specialises in a wide range of household products. They sell these products through multiple on-line channels such as dedicated websites, Amazon, eBay, Play.com and Bubbles. Their product range has developed from almost exclusively hand knitting yarns and haberdashery over 35 years ago into a range of textiles and products including curtains and blinds, bedding, chefs wear and catering uniform,dining textiles and kitchen accessories, furniture and other popular soft furnishings.
Managing Director, Marcus Galliford, explained, “We are very happy to train our staff and taking on apprentices means we get the right people with the basic raw skills, those attributes that we look for in all of our staff, but then we can support them in developing the right skill set that they need for their roles.”
To recruit the apprentices, Mill Outlets worked with Intec’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Service. “Intec were great at channeling the right candidates to us and they were very on the ball throughout the whole process. We were able to take advantage of a national search but through a company that is based on our doorstep,” said Mr Galliford.
“We have given all of our apprentices a degree of responsibility right from the start and many of them are quick learners. The new recruits already have ready-made positions within the company when they complete their apprenticeship.”
Working with Intec’s Apprentice Recruitment Service has been a positive process and one that Mill Outlets plan to continue provided the requirement within the business continues to allow for it. “We have been very pleased with the standard of candidates that we have recruited through the Intec Apprentice Recruitment Service and we look forward to the continuing the programme into the future,” concluded Mr Galliford.