At Stanbrook & Nicholson, we pride ourselves on producing and installing premium goods, as well providing a highly professional service every time. Our insistence on only the best for our clients has helped to get us where we are today. But, as with any company, new and exciting opportunities always accompany growth. One such opportunity is to give something back to the community that has fostered our growth. In fact, we feel it’s our duty to do so. That’s why it gives us great pleasure to confirm that we’ve signed up to the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser’s Route To Work campaign.

Ben Stanbrook and Simon Nicholson

The Route To Work campaign aims to give young unemployed people in our area a real opportunity of not only finding work, but also of building a substantial career. At only just over a month old, numerous businesses in the area have already pledged to create 25 new apprentice positions for aspiring young people, whatever they’re interested in. The initiative has garnered support from many places, most notably local MPs like Sir Paul Beresford and Chris Grayling. Even The Queen has sent us her support!

On a personal level, we can really relate to the campaign’s message at Stanbrook & Nicholson. Not only do we really believe in fostering local talent, but we also believe in giving all young people a chance in life, regardless of background. Out of our 18-strong workforce, ten of us went to the local school just across the road from our showroom. That includes Directors, Ben and Simon who say that such a campaign would have benefited them massively at the age of 16. We recognise that the ‘normal’ academic route – A levels and a degree – isn’t for everyone. So, in the interests of social mobility and the wellbeing of our community, measures like the Route To Work campaign are vital.

Stanbrook & Nicholson Apprentice Scheme

But even before the Route To Work campaign, we have always seen apprenticeships as a way of nurturing local talent. As a recent article in our local paper revealed, many of our employees started with us in this way. The great thing about the apprenticeship route is that it allows people to complete relevant courses while they gain valuable work experience. Eventually they become indispensible members of the team. We’ve found that by helping local youngsters find a footing in life, they will make for happy employees. And happy employees equal a thriving business that everyone in the local community can be proud of.

ben and simon with dorkinians saints

Stanbrook & Nicholson have also sponsored local football team Dorkinians Saints for the 2013-14 season

Stanbrook & Nicholson are always interested in new ways to help our community. We’re already involved in some great initiatives but if you have any other suggestions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To read the full article which was released in the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, please click here.