Why Omar apprentices really are building the future

Their future is building: Omar's apprentices learn a raft of skills from high-tech to traditional artisan crafts

Their future is building: Omar’s apprentices learn a raft of skills from high-tech to traditional artisan crafts

Career opportunities in the parks supply industry are being boosted this year by the expansion of a major park home and lodge manufacturer’s apprenticeship scheme.

The Omar Group says that with demand for its products running at an all-time high, the move will lay the foundations for the company’s continuing success in the future.

Omar’s dynamic growth was highlighted recently by the London Stock Exchange which named the Suffolk-based group as one of the most inspiring businesses in Britain.

Omar was included in the recently published “London Stock Exchange 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain” for 2016 having significantly outperformed its specific sector average.

The company has achieved over 30% compound annual sales growth over the past three years, and is currently building a new factory extension to meet escalating orders.

In a bid to ensure that its workforce of the future is equipped with the necessary skills, Omar is now making an even bigger commitment to recruiting new trainees.

The company currently employs over 350 staff of whom 16 are apprentices learning a raft of skills from Computer Aided Design and IT to decorating, electrical, carpentry and plumbing.

Speaking during March’s National Apprenticeship Week, Omar Group CEO Dean Westmoreland said the role of new trainees is vitally important:

“Our apprentices have made a really positive impact on the company, helping us to improve business performance and growth,” he commented.

“Over the years, we have taken on and retained many apprentices who have progressed to become key members of staff

“We look forward to providing many more such opportunities such as these in the future,” added Mr Westmoreland.

Omar, which has been established for over half-a-century, is the UK’s largest designer and manufacturer of high quality holiday and residential homes for the parks industry.

For further information visit www.omar.co.uk

Jamie Killingworth

Jamie Killingworth

One such employee and former apprentice, 26-year-old carpenter Jamie Killingworth, has been with the company for ten years. Jamie commented: “Kicking off your career with an apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start. Apprenticeships help you to start working, and you can earn a decent wage while you learn key skills and gain qualifications. With an ever-increasing demand for Omar homes, the factory is constantly busy and we’re never short of work! But as well as working hard, we also manage to have a laugh along the way!  Since starting as an apprentice, I haven’t looked back.”