New Ivory takes on new faces

December 7, 2016

New Ivory Apprentice

Halifax-based food manufacturer, New Ivory, has just welcomed its latest cohort of apprentices following the success of a Sector Based Work Academy (SBWA), led by national training provider, Remit Food.

It’s the second time the firm has worked with Remit to recruit new trainees. The first academy held by Remit in September saw seven people taken through initial training, walk into full time jobs. The second round of training has seen another nine people successfully taken on.

Local job seekers were referred to Remit and New Ivory through the local Job Centre. Many of those taking part in the training had been out of work for some time. Even those who were unsuccessful in securing employment this time around can take away the experience and training, which will help them as they continue to look for work.

Kim Hutchinson of Halifax, was one of those lucky enough to be selected onto Remit’s apprenticeship scheme with New Ivory, gaining full time employment for the first time in eight years. Kim lost her job back in 2009 and has been determined to find something that’s right for her. The 28-year-old said: “I didn’t expect to find myself out of work eight years ago, I was determined to look for the right position for me.

“It was my brother in law who saw the Work Academy advertised, so I got myself down to the job centre to request to be put forward. I’d been told to go to college on an IT course, but that wasn’t going to earn me any money, and it just doesn’t interest me. The academy has been really helpful, particularly with all the health and safety training, as that’s such a key part of the job.”

Now a production operative, Kim added: “Getting my first wage slip was so exciting. This has given me a chance; a chance to learn while I’m earning money and build a future for me and my daughter.

“I have plans for my future. But for now, I just want to stay in this job and learn more about it, then I want to get into the management side of things.

Remit Food works with more than 6,000 apprentices across the country. From recruitment through to the completion of every qualification, Remit is on hand every step of the way; taking each individual through their learning modules, as well as providing additional support to those who need it.

Marlena Lesak, Human Resources Manager, from New Ivory, said: “Being able to help some amazing individuals to go back to employment and gain the confidence and skills they need to progress is what we want to do for the local community. It is a fantastic initiative which helps people to get the experience and training they need to gain employment and I am delighted to say that New Ivory will continue to expand the initiative into more areas of the business in the next 12 months.

Diane Herft, Managing Director of Remit Food, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to support New Ivory to find the right people to help them as they continue to build their business. The company is working in a fast-paced environment, with very stringent health and safety and hygiene regulations, so it was imperative we prepared each and every apprentice for the job they were about to take on.

“The teams have now been working full time for a few weeks and we’ve been really impressed by their attitude and work ethic. We’re looking forward to supporting them as they continue to progress in their new roles.”

For further information, please contact Clare Hitchings at Stag Communications on 0115 955 0238 or email: clare@stagcommunications.com