Since recruiting our first apprentice back in 2012, we have so far helped four young people gain NVQ qualifications in Print, with another three candidates underway.
Apprentices start with no previous industry experience, and quite often come straight out of school or college. In many cases it is their first experience of work of any sort, so they have a lot to learn from day one. The right attitude is important, and it doesn’t take long for them to settle in as part of the team.
One of our newest recruits, Evan, came for interview when he was just 15, before he had even sat his GCSEs. He joined us after the summer holiday and is making very good progress in his role as Apprentice Print Finisher.
Work based training for each process has been split into basic, intermediate and advanced levels, with much of the training being given by previous apprentices.
One of the most satisfying things about working with apprentices is seeing them pass on skills that they have only recently acquired themselves.
Many of the day-to-day tasks, such as goods-inward, site safety monitoring, fire warden and first aid, are now carried out by the apprentices. With opportunities for further progression as the company continues to develop.
Find out more about Apprenticeships in the Print Industry