Forest Sofa is a leading furniture manufacturer based in Manchester producing and distributing high quality furniture throughout the UK.  Forest has worked with Skills Solutions for several years to find keen, hard working apprentices willing to take responsible roles within the expanding business.

Chris Allen started his Apprenticeship working on the commercial side of the business in September 2011, and has now become an important and established member of the sales team, recently celebrating his third year within the company.  Chris’s job role involves new business development and account management and working side by side with commercial clients on projects ranging from £10,000 to £150,000. 

Ryan Mohieddin, Sales Director at Forest Sofa said: “Chris came to us as a young man with a desire to learn but very little experience in business, through his Apprenticeship in Principles of Marketing, he learnt a number of key skills which helped him develop into his current role.”

Luke started his Apprenticeship in November 2012, assisting with the development of the company’s direct selling brands The English Sofa Company and The Chesterfield Company.  Now, over two years on, Luke is a valued member of the sales team, liaising directly with the public in both the showroom as well as responding to enquiries online, via e-mail and social media.

“Luke’s progress has been substantial and largely due to the combination of his training with Skills Solutions and the on the job training he received within our team” added Ryan Mohieddin.

“We are delighted to work in partnerships with Skills Solutions, and to support the work they are doing for younger people in the area, in return Skills Solutions has helped Forest to gain two great members of staff who are constantly evolving in their job roles.”