Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trainee Scheme Gives Firm a Lift; Training Courses and Education

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trainee Scheme Gives Firm a Lift; Training Courses and Education

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ACOMPANY is reaping the rewards of investing in training.

A group of former apprentices from Permatt Fork Lift Trucks Ltd have completed their training and are now working as fully qualified technicians for the Killingworth-based supplier of forklift trucks.

Kevin Graham, Graham Hutchinson and Daniel Coates are the latest result of an investment in training that has seen Permatt grow to employ 19 staff in their own custom-built 8,000 sq ft premises on the Camperdown Estate in Killingworth with an annual turnover of pounds 2.5m.

At 25, Kevin Graham from Seaton Burn is the oldest of the former apprentices and has actually been with the company for seven years - four of which he studied part time at Gateshead College to become a qualified engineer.

Kevin, who is based at Killingworth, said: "It's a good family-run company where everyone knows each other and it's an interesting job ensuring that every truck that leaves the workshop is in the best possible condition. …

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