Knauf apprenticeships – nurturing talent and the future workforce
In 2021 Knauf has expanded its successful apprenticeship programme across departments and is currently encouraging more applications.
For Knauf, apprenticeships are more than simply training an individual, they’re about nurturing the talent of the future generation of Knauf employees. As a Company, Knauf aims to develop home-grown talent to futureproof the business and drive it forward.
Traditionally we have hired apprentices to work at our Immingham and Sittingbourne Plants, but this year we’ve extended the programme beyond engineering in the factories. We’ve introduced a Warehouse & Supply Chain Apprentice at Immingham, as well as admin & commercial roles for the Sittingbourne Office.
Managers within these functions have attended a series of workshops to develop their understanding of how apprenticeships work. They and their teams have then demonstrated their knowledge and commitment to support, mentor and develop apprentices, to ensure they give them a springboard to success.
In fact, the Sittingbourne apprenticeships are still open for application. If you’re interested in becoming a Finance Apprentice, Multi-skilled Engineering Apprentice, or HR Support Apprentice, read on to the bottom of this blog to find contact information.
Through the apprenticeship programme our staff are able to impart their tacit knowledge to the next generation. It also provides the business with a great opportunity to guide, coach, and mentor individuals who are eager to learn and develop their careers with us.
Madison Steel, a 3rd year Engineering Apprentice at Knauf in Immingham, elaborates on her experience with the Company so far: “The work we get involved in on-siteis incredibly diverse – you can get involved with lots of different equipment and projects.
“There’s always something new and interesting you can get involved in. I have always been made to feel welcome and part of the team throughout my time here and there’s loads of educational and professional opportunities.”n on
Knauf apprentices have the opportunity for on the job training and experience whilst studying for a formal qualification that will support their chosen career path.
The apprentice may attend college or a training centre one day or more a week for their first year of employment. In some cases, an approved Assessor may also visit the apprentice on-site to ensure they are learning the relevant skills required.
Gavin Grane, Manufacturing Manager at Knauf Immingham, joined the Company as an Electrical Apprentice in 1998 and has progressed through the ranks.
He explains why Knauf is a great business to complete an apprenticeship with: “I have been trusted in leading some great engineering projects in the past – there’s not many businesses locally that I’m aware, would provide employees with the autonomy to lead such programmes. Knauf is well-known locally as a good employer – we always look to grow talent internally and encourage our employees to grow and develop.”
By the end of the apprenticeship, Knauf is committed to ensure the apprentice has had every opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully progress either in their chosen career or on to the next apprenticeship level.