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CSM (CHORLEY) Ltd designs and creates bespoke metalwork solutions and has recently won a contract with McDonalds restaurants to create upwards of 600 self-service kiosks to be situated in franchises across the UK.

To support the business’ growth and continuity plans, CSM employs two Apprentices who are completing their Level 2 NVQ in Engineering via Runshaw. Jack Piercy, 17, and Oliver Thorpe, 16, both began working at CSM in November 2015 after leaving school.

CSM’s founder and owner, Paul King, is no stranger to Apprenticeship frameworks: “I started as an Apprentice myself and worked my way up to being a Structural Engineer. I set up the business 24 years ago and now we have 85 staff so I know what can be achieved. We have established ourselves as a niche fabricator and now have high-profile clients such as McDonalds.”

Having employed Apprentices for a number of years, Paul believes Jack and Oliver will contribute greatly to the business. “I know they will both be a great asset for us here and continue to grow and learn within the company. We will support them with any further qualifications as they progress with us. It’s great to see a shift in trends back to hands-on learning as a few years ago, everyone was wanting to go on to University. It’s really comforting to see a renewed interest in engineering, especially in Lancashire as we have such a prestigious manufacturing history. I’m confident that the new SEIC building at Runshaw will bolster the Engineering learning in the county.”

This is the first time that CSM has used Runshaw Business Centre to provide their Apprentices and training, and Paul has seen a vast improvement: “We normally only take one Apprentice a year but through Runshaw the calibre of the applicants was so high that we took two. We have already given both Jack and Oliver a pay increase as they have done so well. With time they will definitely move on to managerial and design roles.”