Sixth apprentice in the last three years

Young people entering the workforce have a steep hill to climb; did you ever hear these demoralising words ‘I cannot get employment because I have no experience and I cannot get the experience because I cannot get employment’. It's easy to get disheartened in the struggle to find work and can seem a long hard slog. There’s some truth in the old saying that getting a job is about being in the right place at the right time. However, perhaps it is the approach that could be the formula to tackle job hunting in a slightly different way.

Blue Print Direct Mail have a proud history of giving young people leaving their scholarship a chance. They have recently taken on their 6th apprentice Courtney Broughton as a Digital Print Apprentice. After 24 months, the course will culminate in a City & Guilds, Certificate in Printing (Level 2) – NVQ, run through the British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF).

Blue Print have been rewarded by their investment in the 6 apprenticeships over the past three years, with all bar one still in employment. Courtney will initially start her training on the laser print presses, then over the two years will progress and eventually gain experience throughout the print production facility on many of the other processes; such as folding, hand & automated enclosing and the intricacies of the postal service, to name just a few. At the end of the 2-year training period Courtney’s intention is to move up to the Level 3 apprenticeship to progress her career in the printing industry.

Other success stories from Blue Print’s investment in the apprenticeship schemes have given a strong workforce. Supported by the experienced staff they will gain valuable skills for their future and be part of the growth plan for this SME going forward.

William Offord started with Blue Print in 2015. His print career started with a screen-print and digital thermal transfer printer. Currently he is studying Digital Print Level 3 with the BPIF. Will is perfectly suited to his pre-press and project managers roll with his eye for detail and excellent IT skills including: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Verena Steventon enrolled on the apprenticeship program after joining the company in 2015, completing her NVQ Business Administration (level 2). ‘V’ is the glue in this company, controlling the most valuable customer stock and making sure all the administrative tasks and things we are all inclined to take for granted are taken care of.

Kieran Fox joined Blue Print in 2016, fresh from Worcester Sixth Form college having studied Graphic Design & Film Studies. Kieran is currently working towards Digital Print Level 3 with the BPIF. Kieran is keen to take on a multitude of tasks from design of artwork through to production support, giving him a well-rounded understanding of the printing process.

Tom Walters previously worked at a small print hand finishing and enclosing company, moving to Blue Print in 2016. Tom is working towards his NVQ (Level 2) in Warehousing & Storage with Heart of Worcestershire College. He is a vital member of staff, ensuring stock control of raw materials and customer print management is secure and up to the levels required to provide uninterrupted supply.

Mr Anthony Drew the MD of Blue Print Direct Mail said “We are on a growth projection with our local, honest and cost-effective mailing services, along with our dedicated and experienced staff. I strongly believe that investing in your people shows in the commitment and the service we give our customers. At Blue Print we have not regretted our decision to employ apprentices and will continue to do so wherever possible”.

We are looking to take on a digital marketing apprentice who will train as a sales and marketing professional going forward.