Firm seeking apprentices

TWO young people are being given a chance to launch a career as a major Fenland employer announces plans to appoint two apprentices.

In the difficult economic climate, young people have been among those hit hardest in the job market. But G’s, which has a beetroot factory in March and another site locally in Ramsey, is giving two people the opportunity to learn new skills that could provide them with a lifelong career.

“We really struggle to get quality engineers,” Louise Marshall from G’s said. “There is a lot of competition in this area and only so many engineers out there.

“So we thought, why not grow our own? It’s a good investment.”

The company is looking for an apprentice at both its March and Ramsey sites. The appointed apprentices will work with the engineering team and a specialist training company to gain qualifications over a three-year period. At the end of their apprenticeships, they will be fully qualified engineers.

Operations manager John Griffin said: “This is about getting the mix right. We have recruited externally in the past and we have experienced engineers on site. An apprentice will bring new energy and it will be investing in skills for their future.”

The apprenticeships, which will be advertised in the next couple of week, are open to anyone, although traditionally young people apply due to the lower wages paid while training. The ideal applicant will have an interest in mechanics and electronics and will be capable of working under pressure in a fast-paced factory environment.

The number of people aged 18-24 who are out of work in Fenland is higher than the national average, so Wisbech Job Centre Plus is delighted that G’s have launched a search for two new apprentices.

Amanda Papworth, an employment advisor working at the Job Centre, said: “We run a work experience programme for young people who are out of work that has been working really well. As a tag-on to the work experience, we reach out to employers about apprenticeships.”

Since the work experience programme started in February, around 70 young people have been on it. There are currently around 200 potential volunteers but with only 65 employers signed up, there is a waiting list.

For more information on signing up to the Wisbech Job Centre Plus work experience programme, contact 01945-675805.