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L-R: John Savage, with former Flame apprentices Shannon Greener and Jack Wingrove.
Rebecca Wayman

Heating and plumbing company expands North East's job and apprenticeship count

Flame Heating Group is expanding the North East’s job creation through new hires and many new apprentices.

The heating and plumbing merchant is taking its staff count to more than 50, with five initial positions being created across the company’s branch network in Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland and at two branches in Scotland, set to open over the next three months.

Flame currently operates eight trade counters throughout the North East, and is expanding its geographical reach to Scotland with the launch of branches in Glasgow, Ayr and Edinburgh, during Q1 of 2018.

John Savage, Flame Heating Group’s managing director, said: “As we gear up for further growth it is essential that we are able to create more jobs to help drive the company forward and meet increased demand for our services.

“It is an exciting period for the company and the launch of new branches brings new opportunities and will see Flame enter new markets.”

The company, which previously welcomed three apprentices in 2015, who have now secured permanent roles, is currently looking for two further apprentices.

Shannon Greener, who joined Flame as a business administration apprentice, is now in the permanent role of purchase ledger supervisor, while Rachael Waller has secured the position of a purchase ledger assistant upon completion of her apprenticeship.

Furthermore, Jack Wingrove is now a warehouse/counter operative, having started out as a customer service and warehousing apprentice.

Savaged added: “As a former apprentice, I am keen to develop the workforce of the future, which is why I am committed to apprenticeships and I am delighted that all of our apprentices have progressed at Flame and are now integral members of our team.

“I am expecting further recruitment drives as the year progresses, in line with our promising expansion strategy.”

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