New generation help Rotherham company thrive

Published Monday, 3rd August 2015
Cllr Chris Read visits Castus (l-r) Technical Director, Gary Hides. Creative Director, Matthew Harpin. Web Developer (apprentice) Laura Martin. Commercial Executive, Alex Bellis. Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read and Commercial Director, Chris Harpin

Three company directors who attended high schools across Rotherham are now passing on their skills and experience to the next generation of school leavers.

Castus, a thriving digital media company, has employed four apprentices over the past couple of years, and plan to recruit more as the company expands.

Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, visited the company to meet the apprentices and to tour the Matrix 'incubation' centre in Dinnington where they are based.

Cllr Read commented, "I’m delighted to see Castus performing so well – it’s a local company, founded by local entrepreneurs, supported by the Council's economic development team, RiDO, which is now selling its products to customers around the world.

"It’s an inspiring model of how Rotherham business people can take an idea and compete in the global marketplace.

"I was especially pleased to meet the four young apprentices who are an integral part of the company and a key part of its success."

Castus was established in 2005 before moving into Matrix in 2009. The team of 15 provide a number of digital solutions to local, national and international clients, winning a number of industry awards for their work.

Laura Martin, one of the recent apprentices who trained as a web developer and is now leading on key projects for the company said, "It was great when I have the apprenticeship offered to me.

"Castus have helped me grow and develop since day one and I’ve always been treated like a full member of the team. It’s been a positive, nurturing environment which has helped me develop my skills.

"Apprentices are a great way for people to get into work, especially in creative environments like Castus and they’re certainly a great way to get your foot in the door of industries which are traditionally difficult to break into."

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