Plumbing manufacturer Inta, based in Staffordshire, has pledged to recruit three further apprentices this year following a visit by charity Stafford Works and its founder, Jeremy Lefroy MP.

The firm, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, invited Mr Lefroy to its site to meet current apprentice George Knowles (18), who secured a win at this year’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Recognition Awards.

George explained what he had learned on his apprenticeship to date and gave Mr Lefroy a tour of the firm’s technical and training facilities. He also presented a cheque for £500 to Stafford Works to help the charity continue its work promoting apprenticeships within the local area.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said: “Undertaking an apprenticeship has been the traditional way for entrants to the construction industry to learn their trade, so we are proud to be investing in developing the next generation of young talent.

“George has been an asset to the company during his time here and his efforts have spurred us on to look at other areas within our business where we can recruit apprentices, such as IT and finance.”

Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, said: “Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to get more people working and local businesses growing. They offer a clear route into a career and are rewarding to both the business and the apprentice.

“I commend Inta for recognising the value apprentices can add and expanding their apprenticeship programme with three further positions. The firm has also committed to its staff offering their technical knowledge to local colleges to help their students learn first-hand from industry experts.”