Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned carton printers, has detailed the appointment of three apprentices to positions at its Bardon headquarters in Leicestershire. This year’s appointments consist of one in the press room, one in the pre-press and CAD (computer aided design) area, and one in customer services.
Commenting on the 2011 in-take, David Midgley, Operations Manager at Benson Group’s Bardon site, said: “As a business we believe that we have an obligation to our local community to help in the development of young people in the area. By investing in young people we also believe that we are investing in the future of folding cartons, and helping to plan for our own customers’ future.”
With regard to the hiring process, David added: “Print has something of a strange image in the minds of the young – some consider it a dirty job, whilst others perceive it as a little old fashioned. When they see our plant they quickly change their minds! We are offering a pathway to a highly skilled job with excellent levels of pay, but we have struggled to find youngsters with the right attitude.”
One successful candidate with the right attitude is Rebecca Timson (pictured). The 18-year-old is the new pre-press and CAD apprentice at Bardon. The two-year apprenticeship is already providing plenty of interest for Rebecca, who is thoroughly enjoying the challenge.
Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food and pharmaceutical industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.
The business manufactures packaging product in four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and currently achieves annual sales in excess of £110 million. Food manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £25 million.
Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Northern Foods, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and pharmaceutical packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.
For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.