The company with the largest apprenticeship scheme in our region welcomed Paula for a tour of their factory this week.
Roman Blinds Direct received an award from Kirklees Council earlier this year in recognition of their unrivalled work in giving local young people a first step on the career ladder.
The company’s spokesman said: “It was brilliant to have Paula on site, chatting with our apprentices and seeing the operation in action. She seemed really passionate about what we’re doing here. It’s great to have our local MP so enthusiastic about our business!”
Paula spoke with members of staff during her visit:
"I was pleased to attend the impressive premises of Interior Goods Direct at Grange Moor yesterday. This business started off as a small enterprise and now employs nearly 200 staff as one of the UK's leading blinds manufacturers.
“I was delighted to hear that the company are making significant investment into our young people by offering quality apprenticeships and was able to chat with some of those apprentices during my visit."
"Offering apprenticeships is key. It's important that all young people are working towards their vocation, rather than just university."
“It is crucial that apprenticeships are quality, and that people are learning about all aspects of the business, going forward, we are returning to young people going into more and more apprentices and learning valuable skills.”
“Apprenticeships offer support and advice, and are the link between employers and young people. They are bridging the gap between young people and businesses.
“I left school when I was 18 and got a job. I’ve worked in the police and as a Victim Support officer and in the Health Service. I have a strong work ethic.”
“I’m always in awe of the fine work of businesses like this one.”