Apprenticeship Week: Neville Kildunne, the apprentice trainer, is pictured with some apprentices at Christeyns UK
Christeyns, which manufactures and supplies detergents and support chemicals for the UK laundry sector, has been hiring apprentices for six years and is supporting the 13th National Apprenticeship Week.
"Apprenticeship training is at the heart of our Christeyns recruitment strategy and we are committed to promoting the region's future talent," said Neville Kildunne, the apprenticeship moderator. “The National Apprenticeship Week has come a long way to bring young people closer to the benefits of apprenticeship training and to revive pride in this path as a career opportunity.
Production is not always the first choice for young people, but with the support of the National Apprenticeship Week and year-round visits from our current trainees to local schools, we feel that perception is slowly changing. "
The training program at Christeyns was launched in 2014 and since then six of the trainees have held a permanent position in the company, with the remaining six working their way through the training programs.
Christeyns offers two years of basic and one year higher education and last year introduced a four-year study program. All Christeyns trainees work company-wide and gain experience in all departments.
"Providing the right skills and opportunities for young people is critical to Christeyns 'and industry' s future prosperity. The National Apprenticeship Week gives us another opportunity to highlight this," concludes Neville.
In 2016 Christeyns won the Yorkshire Post Business in Excellence Apprenticeship Award and was awarded the Investors in People Silver Award.