Scotland Excel

10 May 2019

New Modern Apprentices boost for supplier

Supplier The Furnishing Service takes on another two new Modern Apprentices

L-R, Dylan Moffat, Randle Wilson, TFS Managing Director and Kenny Balmain, Teacher from Sanderson High School

One of our suppliers, East Kilbride-based The Furnishing Service (TFS), has increased its workforce to include two more Modern Apprenticeships.

Dylan Moffatt and Lewis Bennie, both pupils with additional support needs from Sanderson High School in East Kilbride, join a long line of Modern Apprentice’s at TFS, and will be a valuable part of its 175 workforce.

Dylan, who started on the work experience programme, begins his MA in August and is specialising in floor laying.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the apprenticeship. I really enjoyed my work experience here so when they asked if I wanted an apprenticeship I jumped at it.”

Lewis is also due to start a Modern Apprenticeship in Warehousing in August.

The Furnishing Service (TFS), was formed in 1995 to supply a ‘one stop’ furnishing, white goods and floor covering service to Local Authorities and Housing Associations across Scotland and has been on Scotland Excel’s Domestic Furniture and Furnishings (DFF) framework since 2013.

Since joining the DFF framework in 2013, the company has increased turnover from £6 million to £16 million in 2019, has created more than 100 new jobs and 19 Modern Apprentices and provided more than 10,000 hours of work experience from July 2016 to March 2019.

62% of the TFS team are from vulnerable and long-term unemployed backgrounds and the company has a proactive policy to support and empower people to reach their potential.

Work experience programmes are offered to vulnerable people who are deemed to be furthest removed from the workplace, many of whom face barriers. Those that have benefited from work experience programmes include homeless young people, young people with additional support needs and adults who are experiencing mental health issues.

Scotland Excel’s Director Julie Welsh said: “The DFF framework is a great example of public sector procurement and private industry working together to benefit society.

“Delivering social value from procurement is high on the agenda at Scotland Excel and we were thrilled when TFS told us that they had two new Modern Apprentices from Sanderson High School.”

Randle Wilson, TFS Managing Director said: “Developing Modern Apprenticeships is at the heart of everything that TFS stands for. Not only does it give young people an opportunity to show what they can do, it also helps TFS establish a sustainable employability succession plan. Welcoming Dylan and Lewis to the team not only helps to secure our future, it allows us to invest in them and help them realise their potential.”

Randle continued: “In truth, we can only do the great things we do because of the continued support of Scotland Excel and our Local Authority partners across Scotland. It is their business that gives us the platform to develop the initiatives which, we believe, deliver tangible and sustainable community benefits and excellent customer service.

“This level of recognition is not just down to one or two people but to all of us, and the part we play in making a real, positive, difference to people’s lives.”