Apprenticeships help firm to grow

Published 2nd Jul 2018 by Shaida Khan

An engineering company with big plans to expand is looking to take on more apprentices to help it grow.

Sewtec Automation Limited, based in Ravensthorpe, designs and manufactures bespoke packaging solutions to some of the UK’s best-known blue chip companies in the food, tobacco, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.

Sewtec has a growth plan to double its turnover to £32m in five years.

The company anticipates doubling the number of highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs, which would see its workforce growing to more than 120 people.

Some of these will be Apprentices because the company has already seen the benefits they can bring to the business.

Head of Business Support, Mark Atkins, said: “Sewtec is a great place to work; employees are very loyal and tend to remain with us for long periods.

“Apprenticeships are a great way of future-proofing the business as like many companies within the sector, we have an ageing workforce.

“We are looking to recruit passionate and innovative employees who will play an integral part in delivering key business objectives.

“And with Apprenticeships you get the opportunity to recruit someone with raw talent and support their development and growth through to them becoming a valued member of the team.”

One success the company has already seen is Jordan Knight, from Cleckheaton - an electrical engineering apprentice with Kirklees College who has been with Sewtec for three years.

Mark said: “Jordan has fit really well into the company and hasn’t been afraid to embrace what we do.

“He is always ready to be involved, from carrying out basic tasks, through to working with the team on building bespoke automation solutions.

“Whatever task we give to Jordan he always has a smile on his face.”

And Jordan said he would recommend definitely Apprenticeships as it was the right choice for him.

“For me, it was the better option. I didn’t want to go to university and be in debt,” said Jordan.

“I was always more interested in the practical side. I never really liked just sitting in a classroom so I like that I’m getting paid while I’m learning and getting a qualification.”


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