Matthews and Tannert are very proud to announce we have recently been honoured at the House of Lords thanks to our work with our fantastic apprentices and employees.
There were almost 30 top-performing apprentices that were presented with awards after being selected from West Nottinghamshire College Group’s crop of 13,000 apprentices across the United Kingdom for their dedication, talent and contribution to their workplace.
Held in the historic building’s Cholmondeley Room, the fith annual ceremony was hosted by The Rt Hon Baroness Prashar, a cross-bench peer who has led several public and voluntary organisations. Introducing the awards, Baroness Prashar said: “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than supporting this event.
“It is inspiring to see the apprentices and their achievements being recognised, and to welcome the employers who actually make the apprenticeship scheme work.”
For the first time in this prestigious event included three employer of the year awards to business that have significantly committed towards apprenticeships. Due to our emphasis on apprenticeships and training individuals at a workplace whilst they earn relevant qualifications, we were one of only three companies in the country to win an award.
Collecting the award were our very own directors Craig Matthews and Nick Dowson, who joined Matthews and Tannert as college-trained apprentice plumbers back in the 1990s.
Craig Matthews said: “The company has been affiliated with the college for 48 years so it’s nice to be recognised for that.”
“Our founders, Steve Matthews and Mick Tannert, started out as apprentices at West Notts and have instilled the apprenticeship ethos into the business, which we’ve continued.
“Many of us at the firm came through the apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of our business.”
Co-founder Steve Matthews said: “Matthews and Tannert has always tried its hardest to support apprentices, providing local jobs for local people.
“It makes me very proud that we’re actually achieving what we set out to achieve – and long may it continue.”
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We’ve come a long way since our beginnings over 30 years ago in 1985, and we certainly couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without apprentices. We’ve had a strong belief in training young people and giving them jobs, something that we still do to this day.
Our long standing commitment to apprentices runs all the way back to before our first days as a business, when founders Steve & Mick trained as apprentices at a different business, before working together out of a garden shed in Kirkby In Ashfield. Having learnt the trade on the job and developed real skills, Steve & Mick then went on to found their own business, which became the Matthews & Tannert you see today.
From there, the company has grown, and the string of apprentices has continued. Craig, son of Steve and current director, always knew he would follow his father into the family business, but he had to learn the skills just as everyone else did, training as an apprentice on the job in the mid 90s, and going on to master the tools and lead the company from the front.
Craig, just like Steve & Mick loved the apprentice scheme, and the mixture of hard work and camaraderie, which only further grew our desire to take on apprentices. Massive companies such as Rolls Royce and Toyota have huge amounts of apprentices, and we like to think we do the same but on a smaller scale.
Out of the 125 staff that we currently employ, 17 of them are on apprenticeship programs, whilst a quarter of the fully trained staff all came through training schemes within the company and have grown into their senior roles.
Unlike many other companies, we also offer a full time job after the 5 year apprenticeship scheme is up. Anyone who meets their college targets can stay on, and all of our 17 current apprentices will do so should they wish to remain with us.
A particularly proud moment came when we were recognised by West Notts College at their “Celebration Of Apprenticeships” event at the House of Lords in London, when we were 1 of just 3 businesses (and the only in Nottinghamshire) to win an employer award for “Significant commitment towards apprenticeships”.
We have a strong ethos of local jobs for local people here at Matthews & Tannert, and we look forward to continuing to grow as a business, with young, local, employees who have been trained on an in house apprenticeship scheme.
This year Matthews and Tannert Ltd will be running workshops all week during the National Apprenticeship Week. A different workshop will be held each day between 3pm and 6pm. Our tradesmen will be carrying out a demonstration event from 4.30pm until 5pm each day. You will also have the chance to discuss your future career with senior members of staff.
This is a great opportunity for school leavers, college students or mature students to get an insight as to what we do at Matthews and Tannert Ltd. You will also be able to collect an application form for this year’s intake of apprentices.
Below is a list of the workshops we will be holding during the week:
If you wish to attend one of our workshops then please register your interest by either contacting us on 01623 752114 or emailing our training manager, Mick Booth at email@example.com and we will confirm your place.
Bannerman Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8DU
Tel: 01623 752114
Mathews and Tannert showed the judges an equalities policy that is observed not just in the workplace, but with everyone the company works with.
The firm takes special measures when dealing with the vulnerable tenants, aiming to cause the least disruption possible. This is just one of the many extensive special measures in place that ensure equality and diversity is of paramount importance across the whole company.
The award was presented by Janet Storar MBE. Chair of Nottingham City Homes
After entering multiple categories for the Chad Business Awards we left the ceremony with a total of 3 awards; Team of the Year 2014, Employer of the Year 2014 and last of all Business of the Year 2014. Thank you all very much, for helping us have the chance to even participate in such an event!
We have gained the prestigious accolade of ISO:9001 for Business Management Systems and ISO:14001 with our commitment to the environment, again we couldn’t have achieved this without your assistance so Thank You!
What this means?
ISO is an internationally recognised qualification, this isn’t just a certificate to stick on the wall, but this does open numerous doors of opportunity for Matthews and Tannert in the form of working for more local authorities directly.
Towards the end of last year we helped our local hospital raise £2000 for the Kings Mill Welcome Centre – we carried out a raffle and the event was a huge success.
We’re happy to announce we are continuing to support local sports clubs and associations and have recently sponsored the under 10’s football club at Manor School in Mansfield Woodhouse, so they are able to buy new nets for the up and coming season.
At Matthews and Tannert we are always happy to support local clubs and associations and have done since we started all those many years ago…
We like to help out good causes whenever possible, and when we were asked to sponsor Annette Smith in the London Marathon in support of the homeless charity, Shelter.
We were her sole sponsor and were happy to hear she completed the marathon in a time of 5:26:29, and came in 28402nd place out of over 35,000 people!
Great achievement, Annette!