LIQUID ADHESIVE, sealant coating and primer manufacturer, Apollo Chemicals, is celebrating its apprenticeship programme as its first apprentice completes his training and two more start their journey.
The Tamworth-based business took on Sam Lawson in July 2015 to help him gain his level 3 NVQ in Maintenance Engineering. Three years later, he is now a fully-fledged Maintenance Operative and a permanent member of the Apollo engineering team.
Sam said, “Being a hands-on, practical person, this was always going to be the best route for me. I’ve been paid to learn and managed to secure a full-time job. I have the confidence to take on a wide range of engineering projects and with continued support from Apollo hope to specialise in a particular area going forward.”
Apollo Managing Director, Ian Cornelius, said: “When recruiting, we are always looking for people who are passionate about their chosen careers and we developed our apprenticeship programme to provide us with another recruitment avenue.
“It’s a two-way process, we are able to support the apprentices in their chosen field and provide on the job training – and we can grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Ultimately, we believe that our apprenticeship programme can support our succession planning and help to future-proof our business.”
Ellie Jackson and Hasan Haideri joined Apollo as Laboratory Technician apprentices. Both are studying for a BTEC Level 3 Laboratory Technician qualification.
Hasan said, “I decided not to go to university so that I could get hands-on experience in a field I’m really interested in. It’s also a great opportunity to get on the career ladder, learn from the experts and earn money, whilst learning and gaining relevant experience.”
When asked if their apprenticeship is what they expected, Ellie said: “It’s better than I expected and much more varied. It’s not just lab work which keeps things interesting. Apollo is a friendly place to work too and it’s encouraging to see how the business has supported other colleagues who have progressed and worked their way up the ladder.”
Apollo is now looking to extend its apprenticeship programme further. Ian added, “We are currently working with South Staffordshire College to take on an accounts apprentice and are excited to follow the progress of our current apprentices as we continue to support them and help them reach their full potential in their chosen careers.”
For further information about Apollo or its apprenticeship programme, visit the Apollo website or call 01827-54281.