Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News: Apprentice gains the right tools for the job at SNA Europe


A young apprentice is seizing the opportunity created by SNA Europe and Rotherham College of Arts & Technology (RCAT).

With a UK office in Bramley, SNA Europe has been designing and manufacturing tools for over 150 years and their Bahco brand offers high quality and ergonomically designed hand tools.

Before starting her Business Administration Apprenticeship, 19 year old Louise Simmonite was working in a full time job. She had tried studying A Levels at Sixth Form but found that she wanted to work and earn money rather than study full time.

However, after working in a shop for a year she decided it was time to go back into training so she could pursue a career that was right for her. Through RCAT, Louise enrolled on an apprenticeship so she could learn on the job and earn money while she trained.

Louise started her Level 2 qualification at SNA Europe in the Human Resources department with great success. Louise won the Apprentice of the Month award from Rotherham College after only being in her Apprenticeship for two months through excellent work in arranging a training course that included organising travel for staff from five other countries.

Since then she has gone onto a Level 3 apprenticeship and has further plans to develop.

Louise said: "I decided that I wanted to work and gain some qualifications at the same time and an apprenticeship would be the best way. This would also give me the experience I needed to progress.

"With the skills I have learnt during my apprenticeship I plan to carry on and go on to do HR qualifications and progress with the HR Department."

Stephen Casey, head of Business Improvement at Rotherham College, said: "This is a perfect example of how an Apprenticeship can support both the learner and the business. Louise has excelled at work and in her studies with great benefit to SNA Europe."

Michelle Clark, HR manager at SNA Europe, added: "Louise is an asset to our Business, she always gives 110% to both her work and studies, and is now a key member of our HR Team."

RCAT is currently more than half way through the 100 in 100 campaign, part of a national initiative which aims to get 100 apprentices into training over 100 days. Over the last three years the initiative has been a great success in South Yorkshire.

SNA Europe website
RCAT website

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