Local firm launches apprentice scheme

AN ILKESTON business has decided to take on an apprentice after a successful year’s trading.

Derwent Analytics, a chemist and analytical consultation firm based on the Manners Industrial Estate, will employ Martin Selby, 16, from July.

Managing director of the firm Ian Hopkinson said: “We decided it was time to take on a younger member of staff as we have an experienced workforce who will be excellent at guiding someone.

“The great thing about the scheme is that Martin will be earning while he’s learning.

“We’ve taken him on a four-year programme and look forward to him starting.”