Award winning Rotherham based glass manufacturing company Beatson Clark has recruited four apprentices as a part of the company’s commitment to invest in the future.

Beatson Clark plans to invest £16 milllion over the next two years in plant and machinery as well as further developing a community based glass collection scheme. The company is also furthering its commitment to the long-term future of Beatson Clark and its employees by appointing four local young apprentices.

Matt Lee, 18, from Sheffield and Louis Fleet, 16, from Rotherham have already completed 14 weeks basic engineering training at Brinsworth Training School and have gained an NVQ Level 2 in Multi-skilled Engineering. Gareth Thompson, 18, from Rotherham and James Bilham, 17, from Sheffield are currently under going their 14 week basic training and will join the company full time in March, where they will be united with Matt and Louis and embark on the Beatson Clark three year modern apprenticeship scheme.

Ron Branagan, Beatson Clark’s Company Safety Training Manager, commented: “It is our intention to train the four with succession planning in mind. We view apprenticeships as an asset to our business. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures the apprentices gain the skills particular to the glass manufacturing industry, some of which are traditionally hard to find. We are, however, going a step further and have developed an internal training programme with a duration of 12-18 months that covers every aspect of the company. So our new apprentices will not only be learning about glass making, packaging and quality procedures, they will also experience office based departments such as sales, marketing, accounting and customer relations. This will give them an excellent understanding of how each element of a business is integrated to make a successful company.”

Matt Lee, one of the recently appointed apprentices, said: “I am really excited to have been given this opportunity. I think learning in the class room for one day a week is great but I much prefer the hands on part of the job. I am really enjoying the work and look forward to becoming a fully qualified glass manufacturing engineer.”

Beatson Clark is also supporting the national initiative Apprenticeship Week (7-14th February). Ron continued: “I would say an apprentice can add a lot to a company. New talent coming into the business can motivate other employees, they can add an element of enthusiasm and drive. It also demonstrates a company’s willingness to invest in the future.”

Facts about apprenticeships;

• There are over 85,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations; there are almost 200 frameworks suitable for hundreds of job roles.

• 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

• 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships program to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

Beatson Clark

Tel: 01709 828 141

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