Apprenticeships at Bakers
Today marks the first day of National Apprenticeship week. Bakers highly values staff development, so training and apprenticeships are always something high on our priority list. In recent years we have been crowned winners in the Digital Print Awards Closing the Skills Gap category. Establishing the Bakers Academy for staff development and the recruitment of young people to the print industry made a big contribution to this. All of our Bakers Apprentices, both past and present have been great additions to the team, and we are looking forward to what comes next!
Current Bakers Apprentices
Charlotte joined Bakers as a Business and Office Administration apprentice in August 2023. Speaking on her time at Bakers: “Bakers opened a lot of doors for me and has given me the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship with them. I am very grateful for this! I like the fact I can always ask questions and get support when I need it. It is interesting to see how products are created from start to finish. I have developed great problem-solving and administration skills, experience and I have grown in confidence on both professional and personal levels. I now have good knowledge of the print industry as well as knowing how to handle customer enquiries of all kinds. Bakers really is a family; everyone gets on and from the start it has been very welcoming and made me feel supported.”
Rokas started his Level 2 Print Operative apprenticeship at Bakers at 23. Rokas’ main tasks are preparing materials, printing and learning different ways of printing and checking stock levels. “I really like the people I work with and enjoy learning about printing. I feel comfortable to ask for support when I need it and I always receive it. My communication skills, knowledge of the industry and confidence have grown rapidly greatly since joining Bakers. My favourite thing about Bakers is the people, I am really close with my team.”
Ronnie started his apprenticeship at Bakers at 18, after doing a Level 2 BTEC Engineering course in college. Ronnie is now completing his Level 2 Print Operative (Post Press) apprenticeship. His tasks include running the presses, weekly and monthly maintenance of the presses in the Digicon department and following the Health and Safety of the Department and workplace. “At first, I was quiet now I am the entertainer at the company parties. My team are always there to support me, we get on really well. The apprenticeship has made me grow in confidence as well as adapting my communication skills and knowledge. My favourite thing about Bakers is the people”.
This year the theme of Apprenticeship Week is ‘Skills for Life’.
The BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation) is the UK’s leading trade association for print. They are passionate about upskilling the industry, making it their mission to educate, inspire and equip the future generation of print. They amplify the voices of print professionals, decision makers and support businesses through everything from health and safety compliance to apprenticeship training. Thanks to The BPIF we currently have our three onsite apprentices working at Bakers, as well as four previously.
To learn more about working at Bakers and the opportunities available