Working with local charities and schools is something at Walton Flooring we pride ourselves in doing. As well as succeeding as a business, we aim to support those who would benefit from our knowledge and funds. Not only are we currently working with Liverpool College to train 15 candidates in a recognised qualification, we also offer free carpet and fitting to local causes. We have also recently made a commitment to giving away a percentage of our sales to local organisations that can benefit from our products such as colleges, clubs, and schools.
Previously we have worked weekly with All Saints School in Kirkby to change the curriculum through mentoring young people and changing their perception of the flooring industry altogether. The aim of this work is to bring about excitement to the idea and possibility of having a career in the flooring industry as so many consider it to be a trade that is lacking younger adults. Additionally, our team based in Huyton are involved in offering their spare time as part of the “hour for others” charity.
Our charity and school work are hugely influenced by our Managing Director, James, who believes every young person should be given an equal opportunity to thrive and excel in their career of choice, as well as enjoy what they do. The work James has been doing has also meant he had the opportunity to visit Parliament last year, discussing topics such as skills shortage and receiving funding for our future apprenticeship schemes.
All Saints School
A flourishing relationship with the Kirkby based school has meant our MD, James, has continued to support the school after our partnership began in 2018. Sessions at the school were regularly run by James and delivered to 20 young people who were given the rare opportunity to open up and discuss information around industry roles, experience and work in general. This helped to define the type of career they would like to pursue and figure out if the flooring industry would be of interest to them.
With the high success rate of this programme, James introduced the flooring installation qualification for pupils who felt that it would be a good fit for them. With the help of James, and his professional coaching and leadership skills, the students at All Saints School will now leave with a stronger idea of what the flooring industry involves and the opportunities available.
Our main goal going forward is to create an on-site academy within our head office which trains and accredits people in non-academic qualifications that will help them later in life. Due to the constant shortage of younger people having handy skills such as carpet fitting and installation, this academy will help to also bring in the new generation of employees who could potentially work for us in the future.
Similarly, James also works with Liverpool College students to deliver a two-year apprenticeship in flooring installation. This particular apprenticeship scheme sees around 15 candidates work towards the recognised qualification. While it is a goal to have an onsite academy, James currently delivers these sessions along with necessary theory classes at the college.