EGGER (UK) Limited has won the Apprentice Award at a recent gala event.
The largest manufacturer in Northumberland was presented with its trophy at the North East Business Awards sub-regional final for Northumberland and Tyneside companies, held at the Grand Hotel Gosforth Park.
The Apprenticeship category, sponsored by Northumberland College, recognises companies that have implemented an apprenticeship scheme as an integral part to developing their workforce.
To win, the Hexham-based company demonstrated that with solid recruitment, retention, training practices and a living wage in place, apprentices are at the heart of its business.
With over 600 employees on the Hexham site, EGGER (UK) Limited has many successful apprentices who have gone on to successful leadership or specialist careers within the company. Over 10% of the workforce is, or has been an EGGER apprentice and 60 individuals have completed the programme at Hexham since 2004.
Clare Ball, human resources country manager explained: “We have great apprenticeship schemes here, which is so important because it persuades people to think about companies like EGGER. We offer tailored training, mentoring and further studies to make sure our apprentices make the most of every opportunity we can provide and offer long-term opportunities for individuals who really want to push themselves forward.”
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 with a team building day and a great deal of investment for internal development.
Connie Moore, electrical engineer apprentice said “ Living locally I was aware of EGGER and after attending the taster days knew it was a company that I wanted to work for. I started last April on a four-year apprenticeship scheme and am really enjoying it. The team was really welcoming and with the training and the range of different skills I am developing, I can certainly see that this as a great place to develop my engineering career.”
The company works closely within the local community, including schools and universities to deliver key messages, including its apprenticeship opportunities ranging from administration to manufacturing and engineering.
On accepting the award, Arthur Harvey, engineering manager commented: “Winning this award is thanks to the great team at EGGER, who are passionate about training and supporting our apprentices who are an intrinsic part of the business.
“It is wonderful to have our achievements recognised and we look forward to the Grand Final in May.”
The North East Business Awards are staged by The Journal and The Gazette in association with North East England Chamber of Commerce and a host of sponsors.