DRIFTA Kitchens continues to provide a platform for young school leavers wanting to learn a specialised trade.
The expanding business currently has six first-year apprentice cabinet makers on the books.
One of the apprentices is a school-based trainee while another recently left school to take up a full apprenticeship with Drifta.
Business owner Luke Sutton said Drifta now employed 26 full time staff, more than half of who were apprentices.
“One of the things I ask myself is if these kids didn’t have apprenticeships, what would they do?” Mr Sutton said.
“There are very few opportunities for young people in Gloucester.”
Mr Sutton said the opening of a new five-bay shed last year had meant more apprentices could be taken on.
He said the business was now looking to build another five-bay shed to build camping trailers.
“That will allow me to put another five people on,” he said.
“Previously I was travelling up to Brisbane twice a month to pick up trailers. This will give my employees a whole new skills set, and it strengthens us as a business.”