Packaging firm begins new intake of apprentices

26th Jul

SGS Packaging Europe, which has a combined workforce of about 500 specialists, helps household brands with packaging solutions, and has clients including P&G and Coca-Cola Europe.
To reflect its commitment to high-quality training, in 2018 SGS launched the apprenticeship programme. Taking on roles within departments from client services to artwork, successful applicants benefit from tailored in-house training, one-to-one mentoring and regular development days.
“The apprenticeship programme’s focus is to build a consistent platform that promotes the introduction and development of young people into our business,” says Nicola Ashton, who manages the apprenticeship programme. “We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within SGS and it is vital that it is not lost to the next generation of artwork operators, retouchers, designers and account managers.”
Through the programme, SGS can ensure that these skills not only remain within the business but also evolve as new technologies and ways of working emerge. Meanwhile, the apprentices are also given ownership over a series of community projects, allowing them to choose charities to support and exciting events for getting their colleagues involved. During the first year of the scheme, the chosen charities are Hull Homeless Community Project, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Aaron’s Battle.
“We’re very proud of them for coming up with these fantastic ideas and being so passionate about supporting not-for-profit organisations, adds Nicola. “They’re really shaping up to be fabulous young people who will have a positive impact on the world.”
The next intake will be in Birmingham as well as Hull, presenting people of any age with the opportunity to take a Level 2 qualification on the national apprenticeship wage. Following the 12-month period, those who are successful will be offered a salary increase and progress onto Level 3 for a further two years.
At the end of the apprenticeship, SGS will look to take them on permanently as a full-time member of staff, earning between £17,000 and £25,000. 

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