Two new apprentices join the Foundation Apprenticeship Scheme at detergent chemical manufacturer, Christeyns.
Joe Pearson, 23, and Adam Brookfield, 18, were selected for the two apprenticeship places at the Bradford-based manufacturer. Over 90 applications were received and shortlisted candidates took part in a selection day that involved interviews with the management team, numeracy and literacy tests, team activities and a factory tour.
The two apprentices have now started their foundation apprenticeship venture during which they will follow the EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in performing manufacturing operations and Level 2 Diploma in engineering and technology.
The two-year programme will involve spending a minimum of one month in each internal department including customer services, purchasing, accounts, production, distribution and transport. They will also undertake further training including a forklift truck course.
As well as learning about Christeyns, the apprentices will also spend time at Alex Reid, Klenzan and other companies under the Christeyns UK umbrella.
“Apprenticeships are at the heart of our staffing policies here at Christeyns,” said Neville Kildunne, works manager and apprenticeship scheme mentor. “Our training programme ensures that wherever they are in the business, our new recruits are aware of the influence they could have on other departments and therefore take decisions based on systemic thinking.”
There are currently seven apprentices undergoing various programmes at Christeyns and a new Talent Academy scheme is being put into place with the aim of developing employees across all levels of the business.