Leading packaging manufacturer Coveris is helping to inspire young people consider a career in the UK’s manufacturing industry by supporting The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It in Manufacturing charitable campaign. The campaign is aimed at changing the perceptions young people have about manufacturing and educating about employment opportunities in the sector.
A series of Make It Enterprise Challenges in the campaign enable young people to participate in practical events with guidance from local manufacturing companies. As co-sponsor of the Cheshire Make It Enterprise Challenge on Thursday 22nd November, a team of representatives from Coveris’ site in Winsford supported students from nearby schools in a Dragon’s Den style event. Other sponsors were Air Products, Altimex, Farrat and Tata Chemicals Europe.
Coveris Winsford’s Operations Manager, David Millar, took on the role of judge while four extrusion apprentices facilitated teams in their challenge to design a factory and impress the panel of judges. Additional Coveris representatives from were on hand throughout the day to answer questions about their roles and opportunities in manufacturing.
Krissy Collins, Group Talent Manager at Coveris said: “Young people are the future of our business and as one of UK’s largest packaging manufacturers, Coveris hopes to inspire the next generation to consider a career in this innovative industry. The Make it in Manufacturing campaign is valuable in changing perceptions of careers in manufacturing, and we are delighted to have been involved in the Cheshire Make It Enterprise Challenge”.
Coveris offers a growing apprenticeship programme and currently has nearly 50 apprentices in its UK business, a number set to increase in the next year. With 16 wide ranging apprentice roles combining practical learning with qualifications from accountancy and project management to engineering, Coveris is making a significant commitment and investment in its growing programme.
Krissy added: “Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial for both the individual and industry. Apprentices receive high quality training, skill development opportunities, experience and a qualification, while the industry benefits from a talented, skilled and engaged workforce.”
Following the launch of a new manufacturing apprenticeship tailored to a career in plastic extrusion at its site in Winsford, Coveris’ first apprentice on this programme is due to complete their course in April 2019. Coveris is a signatory of the UK Plastics Pact and ambitiously driving the development of recyclable plastic film used in food packaging and other key industries via its sustainability strategy Pack Positive®.