A growing training provider is on course to break the 20-barrier when it comes to creating new jobs during lockdown.
Orangebox Training Solutions, based in Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park, is continuing its expansion, meaning new positions are also opening up in their own offices, with many more set to follow the seven additions to the newly-formed learner engagement team since the first Covid-19 lockdown.
As well as ensuring furloughed staff have all returned to work, a further three appointments will be made on the engagement team to improve quality control, while Orangebox has also launched its own training academy.
The academy aims to coach, train and develop Teessiders to help shape the company’s future, with CEO Simon Corbett happy to hand out ten new apprenticeships if they meet Orangebox’s high standards.
Mr Corbett, who also has plans to bring in a senior leader in the next couple of months, said: “We have just created the academy, with the idea that we bring people in aged between 16-24 who are currently unemployed.
“Our standards are high, in behaviour, our ethos, everything. We want to bring people in, show them what we are about and see who fits in.
“We will teach them what we do as a business, all of the silos of what we do. They will have opportunities to demonstrate how good they can be in those silos.
“If we have ten who are outstanding in the Academy I will take on all ten. We are looking for outstanding talent. Anyone with that talent has a future at Orangebox.”
Orangebox has doubled in size since the first lockdown and is looking to see an increase of more than £2m in the funding it receives from colleges and primes.
Mr Corbett, who set up Orangebox nearly five years ago, said: “We are working in warehouses, care, in other areas too. We are helping to give those people the skills they need to get them into employment through our clients or here at Orangebox.
“We will only put opportunities out there for local people which guarantee an interview with our employers.”
Orangebox has trained more than 2,000 people since it started through a team of more than 30 trainers.