Award-winning British bed manufacturer Hypnos continues to make investing in future generations of the UK’s manufacturing industry a priority, with nine apprentices taken on over the last 12 months.

The Hypnos apprentices, aged 16 upwards, have been appointed to a variety of roles which will give them on-the-job experience in production (covering mattressmaking and upholstery), warehouse management, marketing and administration.

Stephen Ward, group managing director at Hypnos, says: “We are committed to supporting the manufacturing industry by providing young, talented people with apprenticeships and jobs that will help them to prepare for specialist roles. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice and at Hypnos we’re proud to be able to empower people to get the crucial skills they need and become part of a motivated and highly qualified team.

“Our aim is to engage with young people and ensure that well-trained, dedicated professionals continue to enter this diverse and exciting industry. We hope to utilise our 100 years' industry experience to help shape the next generation of budding furnituremakers, by giving them the skills and knowledge that we, as a business, need.”

Anthony Goodwin, former apprentice and now technical engineer at Hypnos Contract Beds, adds: “The start of my apprenticeship signified a step in a new direction and change of industry for me. I had to learn new mechanical and manufacturing theories such as material properties, quality management systems, design systems and advanced mathematics, which was difficult at times. However, as a practical person who welcomes a challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed constantly learning something new.

“When I first joined the Hypnos team, I started out on the production floor, learning how to make products and gaining valuable insight as to how they are manufactured. I was then set up with a workstation in the Technical office, working alongside and learning from the technical development engineer at Hypnos, who guided me through everything I needed to know and acted as my mentor.

“Hypnos is a family -run business and I think this is one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed working here so much. There’s a really nurturing culture here and that’s a really important environment for an apprentice to be in in order to thrive and succeed.”