Wedgwood to recruit new apprentices for its Barlaston operation

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Wedgwood is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by unveiling a bid to recruit two new apprentices.

The company in Barlaston has recruited 10 apprentices in the last five years.

These work across trades including throwing, glaze aero-graphing, biscuit selection, gilding and prestige artistry!

The aim is to preserve and develop the traditional, artisan skills exclusive to Wedgwood.

Now they want to recruit ‘blocker and caser’ and an ‘ornamentor’ at the Master Craft Studio at the new £34m development, the World of Wedgwood.

Dave Barker (25) joined as an apprentice in 2011

David Barker (25) joined as an apprentice in 2011

David Barker’s career has gone from strength-to-strength after joining Wedgwood’s apprenticeship scheme four years ago.

The 25-year-old said he had previously only held a series of short-term roles with little prospects.

He told StaffsLive: “Since joining Wedgwood, I discovered a love and talent for creating pottery and now want to travel the world as a Wedgwood Ambassador giving demonstrations as a Master Thrower.”

Wedgwood director, Liz Blakemore, added: “We’re dedicated to the development of young people and job growth.

“Our apprenticeship scheme offers individuals the chance to learn a craft, achieve qualifications, secure a real opportunity for employment and earn a salary.

“With 250 years’ heritage in the ceramics industry, our apprenticeship scheme is vital in ensuring the longevity of a highly skilled team, which is integral to our business and the creation of the distinctly British, beautifully crafted products for which Wedgwood is recognised.”

For details on the Wedgwood apprenticeship scheme and how to apply, email [email protected] or call 01782 204 141.

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