Nottinghamshire’s largest independent funeral directors, A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, is celebrating 20 years since its trainee programme was first set up, designed to offer the opportunity to gain five qualifications to kick-start a career in the funeral industry.
Since it was launched in 2001, the programme has gained prominence as the cost of university education has increased and unemployment levels have risen.
The four-year residential course offers the chance to work in each department of the business ranging from fleet maintenance to the mortuary and is open to those with at least two A-Level passes or equivalent. The business welcomes anyone with a true interest in the funeral sector who is looking for a career change or an alternative to university.
Commercial Director at A.W. Lymn, Pete Clarson, who oversees the trainees said: “We are so proud to be celebrating 20 years of our trainee programme – and what a ride it’s been! We originally put the programme together to offer more choices to those looking for alternative career choices other than attending university.
“It has certainly been a learning curve throughout the years and the programme has been tweaked along the journey to better suit the needs of our trainees, but we are very proud of how far we’ve come and the number of individuals we’ve helped kick-start a career in our profession.”
The programme has had many success stories over the years, with one of the first trainees still working for the business now, 20 years later.
Starting in 2001 while studying for his A-Levels, Jonathan Baker is a testament to the success of the programme, after rising through the ranks to the role of Senior Funeral Director for the Mansfield area.
Jonathan, now aged 38, said: “I am extremely thankful for the experience the trainee programme has provided me with, and for further igniting my passion for the funeral industry. Being given the chance to experience every aspect of the business you can then go on to work in whatever department suits you best – there are so many opportunities.”
Altogether the programme offers placements in all eight areas of the A.W. Lymn business which include funeral arranging and directing, stone masonry, floristry, coffin preparation, mortuary, fleet maintenance, driver/bearer and administration - and at the end of the programme trainees will put everything they have learned into action at one of the funeral homes in the business.
Nigel Lymn Rose, Company Chairman at A.W. Lymn, added: “Over the years we have witnessed first-hand the interest and passion for the funeral industry and wanted to offer an official training scheme for those keen to pursue a career in our profession. It’s been a real honour to watch the trainees progress through the programme over the years and know that we are playing our part in developing young talent.
“We’re delighted to have been running the programme for over 20 years now and look forward to welcoming another trainee next year.”
The fifth-generation family business has been helping the bereaved for over 110 years, with quality of service and value for money at the heart of its ethos. A.W. Lymn now operates 27 funeral homes throughout Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire.
Applications for the A.W. Lymn September 2022 course are now open. To apply visit www.lymn.co.uk.