Today Our Birmingham had more cheering news from Professional Polishing Services’ managing director, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock about Kirsty Wilkinson’s successful completion of an apprenticeship in Business Administration with Sandwell College and promotion to Junior Sales Administrator.

Ms Davies-Chinnock writes: “As soon as I met her I knew she would fit perfectly into the team and her enthusiasm was a huge part of that. Luckily she didn’t object to changing her name to Kay as it would be difficult in a small team for us both to have the same name. I am incredibly proud of her hard work over the last six months both for PPS directly and in completing the Apprenticeship in record time!”

Professional Polishing Services – the UK Market Leader in mechanical polishing of stainless steel – has always supported the apprenticeship scheme. They are currently advertising for a factory based apprentice in either engineering or warehousing. All apprentices are an integral part of the team with a guaranteed job offer at the end of their course.

To complement their apprenticeships PPS have also arranged for three paid internships over the summer which have been quickly snapped up. They will be recruiting an additional apprentice Sales Administrator later in the summer.


A year ago on a sister site we welcomed news of the Co-operative Group’s apprenticeship academy that aims to provide 2,000 jobs to young people over the next three years. The scheme covers its food, pharmacy, funeral, legal and financial services, farming and IT support sectors.

As Group chief executive Peter Marks [left]– who started working for the firm in his local Co-op store at the age of 17 in the 1960s – said: “With youth unemployment hitting the highest rate in nearly 20 years and almost one million 16- to 25-year-olds out of work, it’s a really tough time to be a young person in Britain. We believe businesses have a real responsibility to help motivate and inspire young people by giving them new opportunities to gain skills, knowledge and experience . . .”

We hope that once again, as in the 1960s, apprenticeships will become the norm.


Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Professional Polishing Limited
Tel: 0121 5556569