Apprentice aiming for bright future with Richmond printing business

From left, Max Binks, Shae Beetham, and Mark and Fiona Metcalfe.

A Richmond printing business has taken on a new apprentice to help the firm grow.

Shae Beetham has joined Richmond Print after a successful six-week trial.

The 18-year-old from Catterick Garrison has now signed up to a two-and-a-half year apprenticeship which when completed will see him qualified with an NVQ Level 2 from the British Printing Industries Federation.

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The appointment marks the latest step forward for the company run by Max Binks, and Mark and Fiona Metcalfe.

The three all worked for Castle Print which went out of business in 2011.

They then got together and launched Richmond Print which has continued to grow for the last six years.

Max said: “We are now at the stage where we need to take on an apprentice as we have an increasing amount of valued and regular customers and we need an extra pair of hands to build the business.

“Shae has settled in really well and is picking up things really quickly – he had a good eye for detail which you need and he’s going to be a great member of the team.”

Former Richmond School pupil Shae said he was really enjoying the job.

“I’m loving it,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity. I’m learning a trade and hopefully there will be a permanent job at the end of it.”