Newark: Saint-Gobain Formula ensures apprentices are flexibly skilled for future
As the UK marks National Apprenticeship Week, global plaster and gypsum company Saint-Gobain Formula is ensuring its apprentices are flexibly skilled for the future.
Prompted by the impact of covid-19, the company, which operates Jericho Works near Newark, invited its two apprentices to become dual-skilled.
So, while Daniel Crevald and Jamie Dawes were taken on as electrical apprentices, they are now learning different skills in the areas of mechanical engineering and programming.
This forward-thinking move by the company whose purpose is to Formulate Together Brighter Futures fits perfectly with the theme for the 2021 National Apprenticeship Week which is Build the Future.
This campaign encourageseveryone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to build a workforce with future ready skills.
Jericho Works plant manager Jamal Chaya said: “The challenges of the pandemic have made us take a closer look at ensuring we have a team that is flexible enough to meet challenges now and into the future.
“By extending our apprentices’ training into additional technical areas, we are building their skill set and increasing the value they can offer to our operation into the future. In addition, we aim to help with their professional and career development.”
Daniel Crevald, 30, previously worked as a television and broadband service technician.
He said: “I learned of the Saint-Gobain Formula apprenticeships through a couple of customers who worked for the company.
“When I was in their houses carrying out service work, they talked about their jobs and recommended Saint-Gobain as a good company to work for.
“Two years ago, I gained a place as an electrical apprentice and now I am enjoying building a second skill set in the area of mechanical engineering.
“With the pandemic affecting everyone’s work life last year, the offer of this dual skilling training was very welcome news.It gives me another string to my bow and supports my future career.”
Jamie Dawes, 32, got to know the company and the Newark plant through working on site as an electrical contractor.
He is working towards a HND in electrical engineering through Lincoln College.
“After two years working purely on the electrical engineering side of the business, I was offered the chance to move into learning more about automation and programming,” he said.
“I am really enjoying this new training and recognise how it will establish a dual set of skills for the future.
“This new set of skills will enable me to not just wire up and install equipment, but programme its use in the future.”
Jericho Works, which employs 100 people, has operated for over 50 years and produces a range of high-quality plaster products for applications such as ceramics, food and brewing industries, decorative work and dentistry.
For information about careers with Saint-Gobain Formula please go to https://www.saint-gobain.com/en/careers