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Corby's Operations Manager George Roberts, features in January’s Packaging News discussing the importance of apprentices and succession plans.

17 January 2017

Corby has recently created two new apprenticeship positions for young people aged between 16-18 years, as Amaray focus their attention on long-term succession and expansion into new consumer markets. This follows the introduction of two apprentices back in 2015.

The successful introduction of two apprentices a year ago is already delivering value and, with another two positions initiated this summer, Corby now has four young apprentices fulfilling roles within engineering. Throughout the business, Amaray continues to retain skilled employees within technical roles, with many tenures exceeding 20 years.

George Roberts states: “The recently appointed apprentices have been a great addition to the workforce generally, and to the engineering team in particular. They have responsibility for engineering 5S activities as well as taking on individual self-development projects. We have had great support from the training providers and as the rest of the industry is doing, we are taking advantage of the financial support from UK government agencies.”

Regardless of Brexit, Amaray remain focused on growing their own talent both in the UK and US, especially in the tool-making discipline; there are real gaps that will need filling. Brexit will only reinforce the need to grow their apprentice programmes so that they are better prepared for whatever the future holds. Amaray are committed to people development, so creating positions for local and motivated talent is vital for them to secure their strategic goals.

George Roberts

George Roberts, Operations Manager, Corby.

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