Desborough company to take on apprentices under Kettering Council training scheme

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Rigid Containers in Desborough has announced the opening of a series of new print finishing apprenticeship opportunities in conjunction with Kettering Borough Training.

The site, which has 260 employees, intends to recruit six students every year to work in corrugated manufacturing while gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

The 18-month placement will see the apprentices move through the corrugator, conversion and warehouse department as they cover the whole manufacturing process on the way to achieving a Level 2 qualification in print finishing.

Upon successful completion there is likely to be opportunities for progression to the Level 3 qualification and a full time position with further possibilities to progress to a team Leader/supervisor role.

Ryan Clubb, apprentice at Rigid Containers Ltd, said: “As a school leaver, I went straight into an apprenticeship with Rigid Containers Ltd.

“I decided an apprenticeship was the way into a career as I would be learning on the job while gaining qualifications.

“It has given me a very good knowledge of the corrugated industry and a good footing for a career within Rigid Containers.

“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship because I was made to feel valued by everybody and everyone helped and supported each other whenever required.”

Les Swanwick, site director at Rigid Containers, said: “Industry skills and experience are key to a successful business and we are proud to be known as a true family business, retaining corrugated skills generation after generation.

“We also ensure skills succession every year by recruiting a number of local school and college leavers from the local area, supporting local communities and ensuring our business consistently meets the highest levels of quality and service.”

Liz Wade, head of commercial development at Kettering Borough Training, said: “As well as studying towards a qualification, apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience whilst getting paid.

“It is really encouraging to see local employers participating in apprenticeship programmes that give young people an opportunity to shape their future and learn while they earn.”

Cllr Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Council’s deputy leader, said: “It is crucial that young people have the opportunity to develop long-term, successful careers. 

“Encouraging apprenticeships and job opportunities is a key priority for us here in Kettering and we are pleased to be establishing links with local businesses such as Rigid Containers.”

The role will see apprentices work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, and the deadline for applications is November 14, 2016.

Potential candidates can find out more and apply in the current vacancies section of or by calling Joan Miller on 01536 535900.