Medica Packaging Limited are proud to have a long association with the operation of Apprenticeship Schemes. Historically we have seen several trainees go on to become skilled, qualified and valuable members of the workforce. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, there has never been a greater time to focus on training and bringing new talent into the business to assist with the achievement of company goals.
At present, Medica has two apprentices who have joined within the last 18 months. Both apprentices have career plans which have identified the qualifications, specific skills and work experience required to qualify them in their chosen fields. Both have already made progress and have every chance of being highly successful.
Christian joined the Engineering Department as an Engineering Apprentice in September 2015, having previously worked during the summer months at Medica on a waste management project. He is working towards his NVQ Level 3 Advanced Electrical Apprenticeship and will go on to complete his HNC thereafter.
Christian has been a great addition to the Engineering Department. Recently the Mid-Cheshire College at which Christian studies one day per week on day release, underwent a spot assessment by an Ofsted inspector. Due to Christian’s rapid progress since 2015, the external assessor used Christian and Medica as the working examples for the inspection. The inspector was impressed with Christian’s knowledge of the work criteria set by the college, and was highly complimentary about how Medica have invested the time and effort in Christian’s apprenticeship. They made particular reference to the impressive systems in place at Medica regarding Health and Safety, Quality and Preventative Maintenance.
Christian is now starting to take a lead on basic mechanical and electrical breakdowns with the full support of his team. He already has mastered a wide range of maintenance tasks in his portfolio which is increasing every day. It is exciting to see his progress which is also personally rewarding for his manager and a great benefit for the future of Medica. Christian hopes to qualify as a fully time-served engineer by 2019 and very much appreciates his opportunity.
Casey joined Medica in July 2016 as an Apprentice in the Pre-Press and CAD Department. She is currently studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Digital Pre-Press for Print which is managed by the British Printing Industries Federation. This is a course that is based around workplace training and assessment to enable Casey to become qualified whilst learning the role of a Digital Pre-Press Operator under the daily supervision of experienced operators.
Casey has made great progress in the short time she has been with the company and has completed several projects involving customer contact; discussing and designing artwork from the customer’s initial ideas, through to the finished product.
Casey’s great attention to detail and a willingness to learn, are essential prerequisites for a successful Pre-Press Apprentice. The broad knowledge she is gaining from her course and her ability to apply this to the role on a daily basis is proving invaluable within the department and the company, and is helping Medica to win new work that we may not have otherwise acquired.
If you want to build a career, Medica could be the place for you…
Julie Melling, Medica’s Human Resources Manager says:
“The apprenticeship scheme is a vital part of Medica’s ongoing workforce development strategy to help us to attract, develop and retain top talent in a fast-paced industry, and we look forward to forging new relationships with training providers and apprentices in the future”.
*If you are interested in apprenticeship or other employment opportunities with Medica Packaging, please contact HR@medicapackaging.com