25th April 2016 by Keeley Smith
Kloeckner Metals UK has recently celebrated 8 of their employees for successfully completing their Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage Level 2 and Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 qualifications delivered by Joint Learning. The accredited employees were presented with certificates based from two of Kloeckner Metals UK sites, Blackburn and Biddulph.
6 of Kloeckner Metals UK accredited employees are from their Blackburn site and are all Warehouse Operatives, handling Stainless Steel and Aluminium products. They are responsible for unloading deliveries and placing items in stock as well as picking stock and loading vehicles for delivery to other sites and to customers.
The accredited employees who completed the Warehousing and Storage Level 2 Apprenticeship are:
• Chris McNamara
• Luke Clegg
• John Wilson
• James Leslie
• William Neylon
• Mark Hayden
Kloeckner Metals UK also has 2 accredited employees from their Biddulph site and are operators of machinery that contribute to their Value Added Services (VAS) offering. They are responsible for processing material to customers’ requirements prior to them being delivered. The services range from cutting (sawing) and profiling to drilling. This is a very valuable job to Kloeckner Metals UK business as it ensures a ‘one stop shop’ for their customers, saving time and money.
The 2 accredited employees who completed the Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2 Apprenticeship are:
• Stephen Rowe
• Chris Dobson
One of the most important elements to their jobs is Health & Safety as the Steel industry is one of the most dangerous environments to work in. In this industry and with many manual jobs, many people start straight from school with a view to going straight into work. There are a number of reasons for this, the education system didn’t cater for their needs at the time or it was a family tradition. This means people are disadvantaged and under achieve academically. Both Joint Learning and Kloeckner Metals UK are delighted that these individuals have been able to achieve recognised qualifications that are job related as well as achieving a good standard in English and Maths.
Head of Learning & Development for Kloeckner Metals UK, James Moffatt adds ‘They are all very proud of what they have achieved, as are we. It is a big achievement for them, especially in English and Maths, as in this industry we have a lot of employees who leave school with little or no qualifications. The qualifications are rewarding for our business as they provide recognition of employee abilities; employee engagement and improved communication via English and Maths and a deeper understanding of their job role. These Apprenticeship qualifications have enriched their lives and given them a real sense of achievement, well done and we look forward to more achievers in the future’.