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Apprentices Play Significant Part in Future of UK Business

04 Mar 2019

Apprenticeships continue to become increasingly popular as a superb way for young people to further their education and training whilst learning important life skills in employment.

4th – 8th March 2019 sees the 12th National Apprenticeship Week take place, an event which champions the National Apprenticeship scheme which we are proud to support in a number of ways across our UK sites.

“In the last couple of years there has been a drive, wherever possible to choose an apprentice to fulfil staffing requirements with a view to offering long term employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship,” said Gavin Richardson CEO Boxes and Packaging. “Many of our individual site administration teams are incredibly small so opportunities don’t arise all that frequently but pleasingly we have had some good success stories.”

At Boxes and Packaging (Bristol) both Oliver Spiers and Brandon Mitchell have successfully completed their apprenticeships and were offered long term employment as a result. Similarly, Jason Derrick and Yasmin Collins at Doncaster completed their apprenticeships in finance and administration and now hold full time posts with the business. Shelby Ardron and Ally Reddy are the next successors to the scheme here. Most recently, Tom Winpenny has commenced his finance apprenticeship in Manchester.

“As the apprenticeship scheme continues to flourish we will explore the opportunities in other roles at our sites across the UK and perhaps at a more senior level,” said Gavin. “Hosting such events as National Apprenticeship Week will only serve to assist apprentices, employers and training providers in the quest to upskill the workforce of the future delivering benefits to employers, individuals, the economy and communities. Our continued involvement will help to promote the opportunities available in the manufacturing and packaging sector, both of which are under estimated on occasions.”

Further information about National Apprenticeship Week and it’s ‘Blaze a Trail’ theme can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2019

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