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VEKA to take on record number of apprentices in 2022
VEKA plc, a Burnley-based manufacturer of uPVC windows and doors, is set to take on a record number of apprentices in 2022, as it kick-starts a new programme aimed at giving young people “more than just a qualification”, part of its focus on future talent during National Apprenticeship Week.
Organised in conjunction with Themis at Burnley College, the two-year manufacturing apprenticeship will see 10 young people working across different departments as they develop a full understanding of the business.
Gabriela Hammond, head of human resources at VEKA plc, said: “As a business we’re committed to attracting and retaining the best people, and developing apprenticeships are part of our long term strategy. This apprenticeship programme has been specifically developed around VEKA, in partnership with Themis. The 10 apprentices will come into the business immediately, working across all our production departments so that at the end of the programme they are ready to work in whichever area is best suited.”
Together with skills-based learning, apprentices will also take part in several events and activities designed to grow and develop their life skills.
“A big part of this programme is developing the person,” continues Gabriela. “We really need to do more to help develop the life skills that need to go with it. Activities will include team building, critical thinking, charity work, financial planning and budgeting, resilience development, and much more. At VEKA, we care about our partners, our people and our environment and having the right people, with the right values, keeps us going and growing.
“We need to get into schools and help change perceptions, because schools can’t do it by themselves. We build careers at VEKA, not just jobs. All our people have a part to play in delivering products and services of exceptional quality. Our culture encourages ambition and continuous improvement as we develop the products, and people of the future. Burnley also benefits, because we’re creating a better next generation of people, a workforce that wants to see the town thrive.”
VEKA’s commitment to inspiring the next generation was also recently recognised by the Lancashire Skills Pledge, a scheme that supports staff education and development.