A warehouse manager at an import and export company is going back to ‘school’ by becoming an apprentice.
Andrew Brearley, who has been in his present job at Entec International in Halesowen for just over three years, is relishing the prospect of resuming his education at the age of 47.
He is enrolling at Birmingham Metropolitan College on an NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship in logistics after being put forward by his employer, which specialises in importing and exporting machine parts. The course, which runs between six and 12 months depending on the apprentice’s job role and experience, is aimed at providing successful applicants with the knowledge and skills required in the warehousing and storage, and associated office areas. Once completed, apprentices can move onto an advanced apprenticeship or a stand-alone NVQ 3 traffic office or logistics operation management.
Andrew, who lives in Stourbridge, said: “From my point of view it is always useful to have new qualifications.
“The NVQ in warehousing has been arranged by my boss. It is all relatively new but I am certainly looking forward to it.
“It will be done in-house within the company. Hopefully other people will be getting new qualifications as well.”
The warehouse manager, who previously worked in the warehouse of a chemical company in Oldbury prior to joining Entec, added: “My job here involves checking machine parts, mainly for the brewing industry, that come in mainly from all over Europe but can arrive from anywhere in the world.
“The parts can be anything up to a six metre cooling tower.
“At my age, it’s about keeping up with new ideas that come in to the job. It is a very flexible job because of the way we operate and you have to have that flexibility to match in terms of different ideas and new technologies.
“It’s always good to have a new challenge which I’m sure this NVQ will prove to be.”
Andrew is one of a group of new and existing staff who will embark on Apprenticeship programmes at Entec.
Allan Gechie, Managing Director of Entec commented: “Apprenticeships are a great way for us to support a skilled workforce that add real value to the organisation and provide the means for young people to access a meaningful career.
“By taking a proactive approach to the professional development of our staff, we have engaged with Birmingham Metropolitan College to ensure that apprentices who are responsible for the day-to-day running of things make sure that the quality, cost and efficiency of the supply chain meets our standards. They will also learn a range of skills required to meet the changing demands of our customers and the markets we operate in.”
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