Earlier this year, the British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey highlighted how labour shortages have risen in the UK since the survey began in 1989. Finding 81% of manufacturers reported difficulties in finding the right staff – the joint highest amount the survey has ever seen.
Always looking for ways that we can keep up our promise of ensuring we’re positively investing in the latest technology, staff and systems, we decided to look into what impact we could make on these figures. This is where the idea of working with local secondary schools began, to support the future of the packaging industry whilst helping to prepare youngsters for the world of work.
According to Stockport JSNA the population of the Stockport area was estimated to be at 288,700 in the year 2015, with 21% of that number being under 18’s – and if you ask us, that’s a perfect place to start with our task of keeping packaging and manufacturing at the forefront of the growing demographics mind.
Our joint managing director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, is on the board of the British Printing Industries Federation, and our schools initiative supports the BPIF’s goal of promoting careers in the sector.
We believe educational partnerships are a great way of supporting our local community, keeping youngsters fully informed on all the opportunities available to them as the make their next steps after leaving school. Deciding on a career path can be a difficult task and so our lovely HR and procedures manager, Jane Brocklehurst, was invited along to Marple Hall School to offer advice as part of their careers fair.
She undertook practise interviews with the students and some pupils are even due to join our team on work placements very soon – we can’t wait to welcome them in to the wonderful world of packaging and print.
Happy to have us, the school told us:
“We’re committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible careers guidance, and partnerships with local employers such as Glossop Cartons help us to achieve this important goal.”
Forever looking to educate and inspire our joint MD, Jacky Sidebottom-Every said:
“Glossop Cartons’ educational partnerships are a great way to promote the industry to young people – especially those with an interest in manufacturing and engineering. I would strongly urge other companies within the packaging sector to consider launching similar schemes, which can help to address skills shortages within their own plants as well as across the wider industry.”
To find out more about our work in the community, or to discuss potential educational partnership opportunities with your school, call our team on 0161 480 3568.