Kenrick Appoints Fourth Apprentice

Leading hardware supplier Kenrick has recruited its fourth apprentice into the business in a bid to help address the industry’s skills shortage and encourage more people into a career in fenestration.

17-year old Violeta Marcu has joined the West Bromwich headquartered hardware supplier as part of her Level 3 qualification in Business Administration with Wolverhampton-based training provider Nova Training. And the senior management team has been so impressed with her that it plans to offer her a permanent role after she has completed her apprenticeship in February next year.

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In her varied role, Violeta is responsible for managing Kenrick orders, looking after customers and co-ordinating the transport of goods. She also works closely alongside the product development and health and safety teams within the business.

Violeta says: “I felt so welcome as soon as I joined Kenrick – everybody here is valued and the environment and work ethic is terrific. I enjoy every day at Kenrick – there is a lot of variety in my role and I am constantly learning new skills and picking up useful product knowledge. The vast majority of our customers are delighted with our service, which is not only a credit to the team, but it allows me to broaden my experience beyond customer service into other departments at Kenrick.”

Steve Jones, Kenrick’s managing director, added: “The skills shortage is an ongoing issue for the window industry, especially with obstacles like Covid-19, the war in Ukraine and the rising cost of living proving challenging.

“At Kenrick, we’re proud to have a highly skilled and experienced team, but we want to inspire the next generation into an exciting industry – and one that can give them a great start to their careers. Violeta has already proved to be a really valuable addition to our team and we hope that she will have a long and fulfilling career at Kenrick.”

Kenrick is a forward-thinking company and is keen to hear from talented people who want to join the team. Find out more by emailing

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top-quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point locking system, the four-point Centurion system and the Easifit and Espagnolette locking systems.

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