Skilled Rotherham trio helping next generation

L to r Gary Hides, Matthew Harpin, Laura Martin, Alex Bellis, commercial executive, Chris Read and Chris Harpin.
L to r Gary Hides, Matthew Harpin, Laura Martin, Alex Bellis, commercial executive, Chris Read and Chris Harpin.
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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 digital media company, has employed four apprentices over the past two years and plan to recruit more as the company expands.

The firm is led by technical director Gary Hides, creative director Matthew Harpin and commercial director Chris Harpin.

Councillor Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council, visited the company base at the Matrix@Dinnington offices to meet the new starters.

Coun Read said: “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, Rotherham Investment & Development Office (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 client. They have won 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.”