Plymouth's Absolute Recycling is only non-Duchy firm to win Cornwall College Business training award
A CITY recycling company has won a training award.
Burrington Way-based Absolute Recycling picked up the Environmental Training honour in the Excellence in Training Business Awards.
In the past 18 months the company, started by Bradd Jenkins and Chris Catherall in 2007, has grown its staff from eight to 32 as it increased the volume of electrical items it is processing for reuse or recycling.
A large number of the new recruits are apprentices.
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The award was presented by Cornwall College Business and was the only one won by a company outside Cornwall.
The sixth annual awards recognise businesses across the South West who have seen exceptional growth and success as a result of training and developing staff.
Nichola Bennett, client services supervisor at Cornwall College Business said: "Absolute Recycling not only provides an excellent apprenticeship opportunity, but has subsequently offered a full contract of employment once the training period is finished.
"This is exactly what is needed to get more young people into jobs and enable them to be provided with the practical skills needed whilst gaining a qualification.
"The team at Absolute Recycling is maximising training and work opportunities for people and working to a high standard."
Jason Stower, from Plympton, joined the company last May and is now an apprentice white goods engineer.
He said: "I'd been unemployed for over a year but working here has enabled me to learn a trade, get a recognised qualification and earn money at the same time".
Absolute Recycling specialises in the reuse of electrical items collected from Plymouth businesses and residents.
Anything that cannot be reused is recycled so nothing goes to landfill. Last year the firm processed 3,000 tons, the equivalent of 250 London busses and it is the largest electrical reuse operation in the South West.
Items including washing machines, tumble driers, fridges and computer equipment are then sold to Plymouth residents.