EGGER (UK) Limited has won the Apprenticeship Award at the recent Northumberland and Tyneside Business Awards.
The Apprenticeship category was sponsored by Northumberland College and recognises companies that have implemented an apprenticeship scheme as an integral part to developing their workforce.
To win, the family-based company demonstrated its commitment to its apprentices. With solid recruitment, retention and training practices in place, EGGER demonstrated that their apprentices are at the heart of the business.
As Northumberland’s largest manufacturing employer with over 620 employees, EGGER (UK) Limited continually invests in its technologically-advanced chipboard plant, its people, its products, services and processes.
Many successful apprentices have gone on to have successful leadership or specialist careers within the company. Over 9% of the workforce is, or has been, an EGGER apprentice, with 85 individuals having completed the programme since 2004.
Support for apprentices is available from the very beginning: in-depth taster days for prospective mechanical and electrical engineers, a comprehensive company induction for successful candidates and a great deal of investment for internal development.
EGGER focuses on their Apprenticeship Programme as both the foundation of its succession planning and continuous training within the Company. Working closely with external partners - TDR (formerly ETC and Rolls Royce), Access Training, Baltic Training, Discovery School, Tyne Metropolitan College and the National Apprenticeship Scheme – EGGER ensures that both apprentices and the company as a whole benefit from the scheme.
In 2013 EGGER invested £4m in a state-of-the-art apprentice training academy on-site in Hexham, Northumberland. In addition to a dedicated learning and development space equipped with state of the art technology and qualified in-house trainers, this investment in the engineering department has also improved efficiency, communication and training opportunities within the team.
“Given the complexity of the company’s activities, we have found that our Apprenticeship Scheme enables us to train people to become talented and skilled workers in a range of key areas throughout our organisation, which is vital for the future resource and stability of the business” says Jackie Stevenson, Human Resources Country Manager.
Accepting the award on behalf of EGGER, Arthur Harvey, Engineering Manager said: “It is great to have our achievements recognised. This award underlines our commitment to developing and supporting our apprentices.
“We look forward to attending the Grand Final at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield on the 27th April 2017.”
All the winners from the Northumberland and Tyneside event go through to the regional final, together with those from the Teesside and the Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside heats.