A Kettering firm has created its own training scheme to develop the talent it needs.
Print and direct mail company Eclipse has recruited several young apprentices through Kettering Borough Training.
Dave Allan, Tom Hudson, Michael Haynes and Alex Merriman have benefited from on-the-job training as well as off-site study for an industry-based NVQ.
Dave said: “I’ve learned all about the trade and everyone has been really helpful, giving me the benefit of their time and experience.”
Recruits have to have GCSEs in maths, English and ICT, as well as a positive attitude, and the scheme lasts four years.
Eclipse is also working closely with Wise Up for Work, a new scheme in Wellingborough that operates in partnership with Job CentrePlus, to offer pre-employment training courses for people aged 19 or over.
Through Wise Up for Work Eclipse has so far recruited one person into its warehouse operations and another into its client services’ team.
Eclipse’s managing director Simon Moore said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to local young people, while at the same time creating a future pipeline of skilled print workers.
“The print industry isn’t necessarily the most glamorous, but it does offer long-term career options for those that show initiative and skill.”
Eclipse is currently looking for candidates for both their print and direct mail divisions. To find out more visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.