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Matthew Whitehead - Apprentice

Matthew Whitehead joined Refurnish in October 2011. Prior to this time Matthew had undertaken a number of volunteer and work placement positions at various charitable organisations. Matthew was referred to Refurnish by Barry Barnes, who, in turn, had learnt of Matthew through his links with Doncaster Athletics Club.

Like many volunteers, Matthew was a little apprehensive on his first day but he soon settled in to the warm and friendly environment at Refurnish. After undertaking his Health and Safety Induction Matthew was issued with his own Personal Protective Equipment, shown his own specific work area, introduced to his new work mates, given the tour of the various Refurnish sites and was assigned to his own personal mentor John Turpin.

Within no time at all Matthew was undertaking his new role, learning new skills, making new friends and impressing everyone with his fantastic work ethic, motivation and dedication to the job.

Prior to commencing work with Refurnish Matthew had little or no experience of working within a warehouse environment, but soon, basic joinery and recycling skills had become second nature to him and the tasks associated with this type of work area were now something Matthew could undertake with ease.

As a result of all his hard work and commitment to Refurnish Matthew was offered a Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship which he commenced in January 2012. This position is supported by funding provided the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and The Key Fund


Matthew is just one example of the numerous work placements and volunteers Refurnish presently have working for us. If you would like to know more about our organisation and the opportunities we may be able to offer you then why not give us a call or drop us an e-mail to get some additional information.