ACS&T to take on the next generation
FSDF member ACS&T Logistics plans to recruit more apprentices.
It has a ‘magnificent seven’ apprentices on its books – four multi-skilled coldstore operatives based at its Wolverhampton site, a further two in IT and customer services at head office in Grimsby and an apprentice vehicle engineer in Scarborough.
Malcolm Johnstone, managing director, ACS&T, said “The goal here is to give young people the practical experience with the backing of an established company.”
“Industry must take the lead in ensuring that there is a steady stream of talent fulfilling demands of business growth. Apprenticeships are the first step that leads to a successful career and in ACS&T we have already seen their value and want to grow this valuable initiative.”
The appretices will gain an NVQ/QCF Level 2 qualification in their respective disciplines and be poised to continue their education and training following the ACS&T development programme. This programme takes employees through a series of educational and experience steps from the shop floor to potential management roles.
Johnstone said the company was keen to offer opportunities to young people, who despite not being academic nevertheless had skills and talents that could be nurtured. This underlined ACS&T’s commitment to the local community as well as its own focus on staff development and training, he said.