TCL Packaging of Telford, supplier of packaging films has just seen two more employees complete work-based apprentice training schemes. The newly qualified apprentices work in conversion, pre-press and print support, taking the total to seven completed, or going through the scheme at TCL. This represents almost 15 percent of the workforce.
"If the whole of the packaging industry committed to employing 15 percent apprentices, what a difference it would make to youth unemployment statistics," says Mike Golding, manager director. "There are some remarkable young people out there who just need a chance to prove themselves. With the right training and support, we find apprentices quickly develop skills and deliver a measureable contribution."
TCL says the scheme has both social and commercial benefits and Golding believes there are advantages for everyone if handled in the right way. "We take our time, with the help of a good local training provider to identify young people with good potential. The Government funds the training element and we find competency and performance levels after just one year are amazing. This leads to on-going employment opportunities at the full market rate with TCL and makes it a win for all involved."
Source: TCL Packaging