Apprentices at the Burton-based hub of palletised distribution network, Palletforce, are gaining the skills they need for career success through a partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College. Palletforce currently has seven apprentices coming up through the ranks, and is looking to recruit more in the near future.
Palletforce facilities manager, Lee Murphy said: “We like to have a constant stream of apprentices coming on board. Taking the time to educate and train the younger workforce is beneficial to Palletforce as a company. It’s getting more and more difficult to get people who have the experience we need, so apprenticeships allow us to start from the beginning and train people up from scratch.”
Taegan Gordon, a current Level 2 warehousing and storage apprentice, said: “During my apprenticeship, I have gained more confidence with maths; I went from getting one question right the first time I took the functional skills test to full marks after I had taken extra lessons at college. I would encourage more people to choose an apprenticeship; if you graft and put the work in, you’ll get something out of it.”
Palletforce is an award-winning pallet network which provides cost-effective, reliable pallet distribution across the UK, Ireland and Europe. The depot has seen four of its recent apprentices go on to gain a permanent position with the company.
Lee Murphy continued: “We see apprenticeships as being highly valuable to the business. They give young people a chance on the job, teaching them about the business and helping them on the transition from school to the working environment. We guarantee a full time position to all successful candidates who complete their apprenticeship and work hard. It doesn’t stop there; sometimes we recognise different skills in people and give them the opportunity to do roles to match their skill-set.”
Former apprentice turned warehouse operative, James Bunton said: “I loved my apprenticeship; it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t do too well at school, but I came to College, got my C grades in maths and English and then applied for this. Apprenticeships are the best way to go; you start at the bottom and work your way up. It’s definitely a worthwhile experience, especially when you get kept on at the end of it! There are so many opportunities at Palletforce and I would like to continue my career here in the future.”
Fellow Warehouse Operative, Dan Cotton, who completed his apprenticeship last year added: “It’s nice knowing I’ve got a job here after all the hard work. If people are interested in studying for an apprenticeship, I would say to go for it. It’s well worth the time you put in doing the work.”
Pat Stone, Assessor at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “Palletforce encourages young people to get into the trade with an ongoing apprenticeship programme. If apprentices work hard and achieve their qualifications, they are kept on as permanent staff members at the end, which is a great incentive. I am really proud of what our apprentices achieve and the skills they develop during their apprenticeship programmes.”
Those interested in applying to be an apprentice can find details in the apprenticeship vacancies section of Burton and South Derbyshire College’s
Former apprentice who gained a permanent position at Palletforce, Dan Cotton