Crown Fine Art becomes first in its sector to create an apprenticeship scheme – and announces two appointments

April 2, 2014

Crown Fine Art, an expert in transportation, storage, installation and de-installation for museums and art galleries,Apprenticeship has become the first company in its sector to create an apprenticeship scheme from scratch and has appointed its first two apprentices.

Crown, which also serves auction houses and private collectors, now offers a three-year apprenticeship scheme in the handling and packing of fine art.

Liam Sharkey Thomas of Brixton and Liam Martin of Peckham are the first to be offered an opportunity to train as Crown Fine Art Technicians and earn themselves a permanent contract.

Thomas, 22, has gained work experience as an actor, a sales assistant and a street fundraiser in the past; and his qualifications include a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts Acting.

Martin, 18, is working in his first post, has a BTEC in IT and is a former South of England Under 15s BMX champion.

The pair will report to the Warehouse Manager at Crown Fine Art's facility in London and will each be assigned two mentors from within the company - whose feedback will form part of a continuous appraisal.

General Manager, David Preston said: “We are very proud to create this apprenticeship scheme, the only one of its kind in our sector. We're delighted to welcome both of our new apprentices to Crown Fine Art.

“There is a high rate of unemployment amongst 18-25 year-olds in many areas of London; and in our experience there is a big pool of talented young people who are just waiting to be given a chance.

“This scheme gives them that chance and we believe it is good for Crown Fine Art, good for the region and good for the apprentices too. We hope this is the start of a long and successful career for both of them.”

Having undergone a detailed assessment prior to being selected, Crown’s new recruits will work full-time and undergo structured training over a three-year period which, subject to successful development and meeting key performance indicators. This will see them become skilled Technicians and key members of the organization as the business grows.

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