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The Apprenticeship Scheme in action

Published 12th December, 2011 by Neil Nixon

The Apprenticeship Scheme in action

When CK Group was approached by business development company South London Business (SLB) as a result of the government’s reinvigorated apprenticeship scheme, CK Group’s managing director, Ian Pether, agreed to take on Charlie Porter after a number of prospective unemployed local youngsters were interviewed by the group’s training manager, Donna Bryant.

Porter started in the company’s warehouse as an apprentice warehouseman under the watchful eye of Winston Nugent, the warehouse manager. Although Porter’s progress was mentored by SLB, all day-to- day training in stock ordering, picking, vehicle loading and consumables despatch took place in CK Group’s warehouse, with both hands on experience and theoretical instruction in a variety of areas - including workplace health and safety, stock control, chemical handling and environmental awareness.

Porter impressed with his enthusiasm and willingness and made such good progress in the first four months (of his nine month apprenticeship) that the company decided, as an added bonus to his training, to agree to the company paying for him to attend a two day intensive fork lift operators course to add another skill. A day of both theory and practical instruction on site at the CK Group’s warehouse in Sydenham by a registered instructor from fork lift specialist Mexmast, was followed by a day of further practical training at its bespoke indoor training school in Burgess Hill. Porter passed his operators course with flying colours.

Ian Pether said: “We share Charlie’s delight at his achievement and are pleased to have added further value to his training with a skill which he can use in the coming years.”