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MPM marks National Apprenticeship Week with latest recruitment of apprentice

In the past four years the manufacturing firm has boosted investment in its apprenticeship scheme.

3rd March 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bradford

Construction, Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

The Pudsey based manufacturer has always classed its apprentices as an essential investment, and believes that they are paramount to the evolution of the business. The latest apprentice has been recruited from The Works Charity, giving a 17-year-old Connor Dockerty an opportunity to explore his career options with a company.

Connor, who is studying for a qualification in PMO (Performing Manual Operations), started his role as a production operator/composite hand laminator in January this year and is receiving the support, training and development that he requires.

Building the skills

"We strongly believe in apprenticeships as a way of building the skills of potential future employees, and we are always looking for young recruits who have energy, enthusiasm, commitment, a great work ethic, and an ability to work in a team,” said Ben Wilson, Director at MPM.

"So far three members of our current team have completed apprenticeships and are now working in senior positions in the company. Moving forward we will continue to work with The Works Charity and plan to take on another five apprentices this year."

The Works Charity has a vision to provide opportunities through sports, training and academic work. Its team works closely with schools, youth groups and extended services to get children back into exercise and also help them get their foot on the job ladder as a way of building the skills of potential future employees.

Apprenticeship scheme

In the past four years the manufacturing firm has boosted investment in its apprenticeship scheme and appointed a full time on-site adviser – Paul Williams, a former NVQ assessor – to ensure the youngsters get the support, training and development that they need to succeed.

The improved in-house scheme is said to be proving to be of huge benefit to the company’s three apprentices, who have found themselves with a chance to learn in a diverse business whilst achieving NVQ levels 2 and 3 in a range of courses.

According to MPM, the company places great emphasis on the development of its staff, recognising the vital role that they have in meeting and exceeding customer expectations and driving the performance of the business. Each of the 20 staff are encouraged to participate in learning and development programmes to help them fulfil their professional potential and develop the capabilities of MPM.

Growth strategy

The company has recently concluded more than six appointments, received eight awards/commendations, and made the Manufacturer Top 100 list. It also improved its financial results, with the revenues growing by over 10% in the last financial year and 20% year on year for the last five years.

With further growth plans and another 20 – 30% potential growth in 2016, expansion plans are already underway to open up another 2,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with further recruitment in the pipeline.


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