Fascia Graphics of Chippenham are again working with Wiltshire College and Avon Vale Training on a new apprenticeship scheme to mark National Apprenticeship week.

The apprenticeship scheme will give young adults the opportunity to gain a working knowledge of one of the six apprenticeship roles created at the company, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time. The six apprenticeship roles are Sales/Admin, Engineering, Design, Printing, Finishing, and Membrane Assembly.

As six new apprentices will form part of Fascia’s GrowthAccelerator programme in 2014 Gary Knowles, operations manager at Fascia Graphics, explains how apprenticeships not only help candidates looking for work, but the businesses who take them on too.

“The government’s approach to backing more apprenticeships in the area has allowed us the chance to offer the scheme to several young adults in the past - who have now entered full-time employment with us, after successfully completing their programmes,” he said.

“The main benefit of taking the apprentices on was that it saved us money, due to the funding we received to be able to train them, but it also allowed us to mould the apprentices into Fascia team members, and they will now be employed by us on a permanent basis.

“Being able to nurture young talent in the manufacturing industry is a positive way to increase the size of a team or business and will allow us and other companies to maintain capacity.”

For further information on Fascia’s scheme, contact Gary Knowles at gary.knowles@fasciagraphics.co.uk