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04-02-2020 • Packaging

Learning on the Job

Learning on the job

 As National Apprenticeship Week gets under way, we’ve been looking at the ways we invest in future generations.

We’re huge fans of the apprenticeship scheme as we, as a firm, benefit from all of those fresh ideas and apprentices get to learn all about the trade while earning a wage at the same time.

We currently have nine apprentices on the books, ranging from 16 to 21, working across Encore Envelopes and Encore Packaging Solutions (EPS).

EPS General Manager Barry Davidson tells us: “In the carton industry, there is a recognised skill shortage due to skilled people leaving the industry and not being replaced by employers.

“Reasons for this include retirement, redundancies, printing companies going into liquidation, re-organisations and cost-saving initiatives. Consequently, when a vacancy arises there are fewer people to attract and salary expectations are hugely inflated.

“Apprenticeships provide carton companies like ourselves with the opportunity to ‘grow our own’ talent, using a more cost-effective wage structure until they finish their apprenticeship.”

We have run apprenticeships with Encore for 20 years with great success, and most of those go on to have great careers. In fact, 95 per cent of the apprentices we have had have gone on to become full-time members of staff, and we’re looking forward to recruiting more throughout the year.

One such success story is Jonathan Ellison, from Gateshead, a former student of the TDR Training Centre in Newcastle.

Jonathan joined Encore Envelopes in 2016 as a general engineering apprentice, and, following his graduation, has been taken on as a machine adjuster.

He said: “I really enjoy working at Encore, and an apprenticeship was a great way to learn a trade while getting paid at the same time.

“It gave me the opportunity to understand all about the role of a machine adjuster, as well as getting so much invaluable hands-on experience.

“I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, and my advice would be learn as much as possible from the experienced team to help you progress.”

Encore’s Operations Director Mark Eyeington said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to develop young talent, particularly from the local area.

“Apprenticeships work well to offer a career for young people, as well as reducing the overall unemployment rate and keeping valuable talent in the local area.

Callum Aveyard is the youngest of our current cohort, starting last month as an apprentice engineer at Encore Envelopes in Dewsbury.

He said: “The aspect of my apprenticeship that I enjoy most is working with my hands and staying busy. I hope it will help me achieve my goal of becoming a fully qualified engineer.

“I enjoy working here because they are local and can provide me with all the skills I need to achieve my goals.”

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