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What a fantastic time to be an apprentice at Lucite International (LI)! We recently shared with you the experiences of our US interns, and now we’ve got news of our biggest intake of apprentices in many years at our Cassel site in the north east of England; two national award winners; a scheme that looks beyond the tradition of recruiting apprentices from school/college leavers; and families getting in on the act too!

In June, two of LI’s sponsored apprentices were recognised for their achievements over the past two years. Nathan Hunter was awarded the Teesside Technical Training Group’s (TTE) ‘Process Apprentice of the Year 2015’ and Robin Gibson was recognised as the ‘Most Improved Learner of the Year 2015’. Celebrity sportsman, Steve Cram, presented Nathan’s award at a glittering event held at Middlesbrough Town Hall, which was also attended by several of the LI team. Nathan joined a shift team at Cassel on 16 August and will complete his apprenticeship in 2017. When we asked Nathan about his plans for the future, he said: “I am looking forward to doing my actual job and becoming a fully qualified process engineer. I’m also looking forward to becoming a bigger part of a growing company.” Describing how he felt about winning the TTE award, Nathan added: “I was rather surprised – and of course very pleased with the award, as I wasn’t expecting to win at all!”

LI’s Cassel site has just completed its biggest intake of Production Technician apprentices in recent years as a total of eight joined shift teams at the facility in August to complete the next stage of their training. The three former military service personnel and five school/college leavers have completed the first part of their apprenticeship training with local provider, TTE. All were invited to meet their future colleagues and managers as part of a two-week induction placement on site.

Some of the cohort brought their parents and families along for a guided tour of the facilities and an informal, open question time with Site Managers, which was very well received by everyone. Melanie Jury, Cassel Site Director, said: “It was great to be able to welcome people who we hope will be the future of our site. We have had a great experience with apprentices in recent years. Every single one of them has made the successful transition to the position of Production Technician and they are now helping to drive our business forward.”

Next week Robin Gibson will share with us his thoughts and feelings on his apprenticeship and on being recognised as the ‘Most Improved Learner of the Year 2015’.