A DARLINGTON company is backing young apprentices. MJF Cleaning Services operates an ongoing recruitment drive aimed at young people and currently has eight apprentices working in the business with plans to take on more. The firm, which provides a range of commercial cleaning services to business nationwide, has two apprentices working in its administration office and studying on business admin courses. In addition, there are six industrial apprentices who have been recruited into the industrial cleaning team and are carrying out level 2 courses in cleaning and support services. Managing director of MJF Cleaning Services, Martin Ferguson , said: "MJF is a young, vibrant and growing business and we thrive on apprentices who we can coach and mentor with the skills and knowledge we want and need from them. "We're a developing SME and a role with us is varied and broad and our apprentices have a large remit and a massive influence on the work that takes place. "They're also given responsibilities that they perhaps wouldn't get as an apprentice at a larger organisation. Unlike other organisations we take apprentices on for 12 months but with the view that we want them to stay with us so we do sell the role to them as a permanent position rather than just a 12 month contract. "I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to break into the jobs' market these days. We're offering longterm positions within the company, giving people the chance to work their way up and gain important qualifications and experience." Seventeen-year-old Ben Jones is an industrial apprentice at MJF. "The brilliant thing about my apprentice role at MJF is that my tasks vary on a daily basis and I get to travel all over the area," he said. "It's really rewarding work and I enjoy working to strict deadlines and then moving on to new projects. "My knowledge of various equipment has grown dramatically as I work with so many machines and I've got to work on many projects ranging from blading a new pane of glass in a window to climbing over 30 meters to clean high level steel in an Olympic-standard stadium." Nineteen-year-old Nicole Minnes , pictured, joined MJF in July 2013 on an apprenticeship as part of the office admin team. She said: "My role is generally office administration, however it's never just that which is great for developing my skills. I do all aspects of the office work, including helping with payroll and HR." Managers says they are planning to recruit more apprentices in the coming months. As a whole, the company employs a team of 140.
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