Stephen Bagnall, Group Managing Director, said “This award means so much to me personally. My great, great grandfather Alfred, the founder of the company, was an apprentice-trained painter himself and every generation of the Bagnall family have carried on his legacy. Today is recognition of over 140 years of investment in apprentices.”
The company actively engages with local schools to raise awareness amongst students of the opportunities available as a painting and decorating apprentice. One teacher said “This sort of engagement from local employers is amazing for our students.”
Initiatives such as this has led to a record number of apprentices being recruited across its UK branches in 2018. This award is testament to its commitment to The 5% Club, which requires member companies to commit to retaining a minimum of 5% of their workforce in apprenticeship or graduate positions.