Own Grown helps Sam

Sam Ockenden
Sam Ockenden

A company is reaping the benefits of the Own Grown campaign after throwing its weight behind it.

Triangle Fire Systems Ltd, based at the Northridge Industrial Estate near Ivyhouse Lane, got in touch with Hastings Borough Council (HBC), which is leading the project, at the end of July.

Nigel Chantler, technical director, needed to employ a member of staff quickly and was keen to take on an enthusiastic young person who was interested in and had skills in graphic design. Own Grown worked with Job Centre Plus to identify one of its job seekers and Sam Ockenden was the perfect candidate.

Sam started working for Triangle five weeks ago and said he loves every second.

He added: “I had been out of work following the death of a family member. I really wanted to get into the workplace and knew I had good GCSEs and a course in art and design behind me. Triangle Fire Systems gave me a chance to put those skills into practice. I love the job, the training, the people and the challenges.”

Triangle Fire Systems is a specialist in the supply, installation and maintenance of domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems. Over the last two years, the firm has rapidly expanded, increasing from 20 to more than 50 employees.

Mr Chantler said: “Sam has become an important member of our design team within just a few weeks and we fully expect, with his great attitude and willingness to learn that he will eventually be a top quality design engineer in the company. Own Grown offered a great brokering service and has helped both us and Sam, we would recommend that other business to pledge to Own Grown and contact the council.” Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “We are absolutely committed to regenerating our town, and Own Grown really helps us do that, benefitting local employers and, of course, young people.”