Astley Trainee Development Scheme

In order to teach the next generation of signage professionals, Astley offers a trainee development scheme.
As a brand implementation specialist, we are always looking for confident and determined young people interested in working with recognised blue chip companies to join our business.

The programme offers opportunities across the whole business including metal fabrication, plastic fabrication, electrical assembly, finance, installation and estimating.


Each trainee benefits from a tailored in house training plan, a competitive remuneration and structured mentoring support. 

Astley is looking for people with 5 GCSE’s graded C and above or equivalent including maths and English.  Details of how to apply can be found on our Facebook page or alternatively email


Our History

1924 - Astley Signs begins trading in Lancashire, UK as H. Astley & Co.


1988 - Two of the current directors establish a 1500sq ft metal shop in north east England and trade as Astley Signs North East


1990 - Following a management buy out the company is now The Redforrest Group and moves to new premises in Gateshead


1992 - Professional Sign Systems is launched as a trade division


2003 - Sainsbury's joins the company's blue chip client list


2004 - The company opens an installation hub in Glasgow


2006 - The Group opens a depot in Leeds


2007 - The Redforrest Group opens an office in Milton Keynes and the company's print division, Jigsaw, begins providing point of sale and retail graphics to a range of clients


2010 - The company opens a purpose built head office in Gateshead and Saltwell Signs becomes part of The Redforrest Group


2012 - The company re-brands as Astley offering Astley Signs, Astley Imaging and Astley Maintenance with offices in Gateshead, Leeds, Glasgow and Milton Keynes


2014 - Astley is named Manufacturer of the Year at the Tyneside and Northumberland Business Awards


2015 - Astley has now been owned by the current Directors for 25 years


2016 - Astley and Sign of the Times are now partners offering a wide range of traditional and architectural signage