A COUNTY communications agency is helping apprentices get into the world of work.

DRPG, based in Hartlebury, has been fostering the next generation through its apprenticeship scheme which sees candidates integrate into the workplace through full-time placements.

The organisation has taken on two more apprentices, both of whom are starting in junior roles while gaining experience on the job.

George Howard started last month as a learning and development apprentice having completed his A-levels at Haybridge 6th Form College.

He said: "Whilst at 6th form, I knew university wasn’t for me; that’s when I started exploring the apprenticeship route.

"This appealed to me as I can gain real-world experience alongside a formal qualification."

George is working in support of Jez Light, DRPG’s head of learning and development, assisting with all areas from setting up training sessions to helping manage work experience placements.

He added: "DRPG ticked all the boxes when I was looking for an apprenticeship: a business with scope for personal and departmental growth, a great working environment and culture, and colleagues who are fun and friendly.

"You feel like part of the family as soon as you walk through the door."

Ru Sarris, who started working for DRPG on a work experience placement in October 2018 and kept coming back for more, said he had an instant connection with the company.

He said: “From the moment I stepped through the door, I was absolutely blown away by how impressive the company was, from the unbelievably creative nature of the building itself to the experienced and friendly team and the outstanding work they do for their clients.

“I instantly connected with the vibe and ethos of the company’s anything’s possible culture, knowing that I wanted to come back for more.”

Ru is now enrolled as a full time Level 4 Higher apprentice in the role of a junior creative.

The two latest additions join six more apprentices employed across the business at various levels.