Apprenticeships at Boxes and Packaging
06 Feb 2020
3rd- 7th February 2020 is the thirteenth National Apprenticeship Week and this year’s theme is ‘Look Beyond’.
The theme ‘celebrates diversity and the value that Apprenticeships bring to not just Apprentices but also employers and the communities across England’ and, as a valuable asset to many businesses, their importance should not be underestimated.
There are currently a number of apprentices across the Boxes and Packaging sites and one, Tom Winpenny, Accounts Assistant at our Manchester site commented; “Doing an apprenticeship was perfect for me because whilst I enjoy learning, I find it much easier to learn by doing rather than just sat in a classroom. This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to begin the learning process for the career I wanted to do, has built my confidence and allowed me to get a good understanding of how business works.”
Whilst Tom is undertaking an Accounts Apprenticeship which facilitates the taking of professional exams there is, or has been, apprenticeships in a variety of roles ranging from production operatives to sales, administration and design.
“Apprentices do play a vital part in the succession planning of businesses and it is enjoyable for us to be able to educate a young person, not only in their job role, but about the world of work, our company and how their role integrates into that,” said Paul Gavin, Managing Director, Boxes and Packaging (Manchester). “Tom is a shining example of how apprentices can seize opportunities like this and enjoy another route to success, instead of more traditional academic routes.”
Tom concluded; “For a role such as mine, an apprenticeship is perfect as I get paid whilst learning and acquiring professional qualifications, giving me a great base for my future. I’d definitely recommend apprenticeships – success is not always about going to University and sitting traditional exams and it’s great that there are such good opportunities available across the country and in all sorts of different lines of work.”
To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Scheme visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship