Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) manufacturer MPM has expressed its support of the 2016 National Apprenticeship Week (14th-18th March) by sharing what a positive impact apprentices have had on its business and the wider economy.
The Pudsey based company has always classed its apprentices as an essential investment, and believes that they are paramount to the evolution of the business. The latest apprentice has been recruited from The Works Charity, giving 17 year old Connor Dockerty a great opportunity to forge a career within a successful company.
Connor, who is studying for a qualification in PMO (Performing Manual Operations), started his role as a production operator/composite hand laminator in January this year and is receiving all the support, training and development that he needs to succeed.
Another success story is Kyle Venables who the company recruited through the Talent Match scheme. Kyle is now in his third year and thriving under MPM’s guidance and leadership.
In the past four years the manufacturing firm has boosted investment in its apprenticeship scheme and appointed a full time on-site adviser – Paul Williams, a former NVQ assessor - to ensure the youngsters get the support, training and development that they need to succeed. The improved in-house scheme is proving to be of huge benefit to the company’s three apprentices, who have found themselves with a chance to learn in a diverse, fast paced business whilst achieving NVQ levels 2 and 3 in a range of courses.
MPM places great emphasis on the development of its staff, recognising the vital role that they have in meeting and exceeding customer expectations and driving the performance of the business. Each of the 20 staff are encouraged to participate in learning and development programmes to help them fulfil their professional potential and develop the capabilities of MPM.
The company has enjoyed recent success including more than six appointments, eight awards/commendations, and making the ‘Manufacturer Top 100’ list. Results have improved significantly, with the business growing revenues by over 10 per cent in its last financial year and 20 per cent year on year for the last five years.
This growth has been based on the company’s ability to respond to its customers’ needs and provide new products and service offerings, whilst improving its lean manufacturing and business processes.
With further growth plans and another 20 – 30% potential growth in 2016, expansion plans are already underway to open up another 2,000 square feet of manufacturing space. With further recruitment in the pipeline, it is exciting times ahead for the MPM team.
Ben Wilson, Director at MPM said; "We strongly believe in apprenticeships as a way of building the skills of potential future employees, and we are always looking for young recruits who have energy, enthusiasm, commitment, a great work ethic, and an ability to work in a team.
"So far three members of our current team have completed apprenticeships and are now working in senior positions in the company. Moving forward we will continue to work with The Works Charity and plan to take on another five apprentices this year."
Elliott Turnbull, CEO at The Works Charity said: "We intend to build an educational provision that focuses on the outcomes of young people, how their curriculum options support their life goal and how their education can lead to work experience and an apprenticeship with local employers. We currently have 70 young people accessing the provision for varying degrees of support, and since September 2015 we have had 8 people progress into employment, Connor being one of them. We are thrilled with the response that we have had so far, and the support that we have received from MPM is greatly appreciated."