Zentia takes its apprenticeship programme to second base

Leading UK ceiling solutions manufacturer Zentia is moving its apprenticeship scheme up a gear in a link up with its local college.

The company formally launched its in-house scheme seven months ago with the recruitment of six apprentices for a variety of roles at its two factories manufacturing ceiling tiles and grid/suspension systems, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Now, in a partnership with its next-door neighbour on Kingsway South, Team Valley, Gateshead College, Zentia is offering another six positions.

The new positions range from lean manufacturing operative through metal fabricator to electrical engineer. While most of the training is on the job, the college will host Zentia’s new apprentices one day a week, providing them with outstanding facilities in which to learn and develop their new skills.

Gateshead College director of business development and innovation, Ivan Jepson said: “We were thrilled when Zentia asked us to support them to deliver their apprenticeship recruitment and training. Partnering with businesses to scope out the training they need and helping them build a skilled and confident team who can help drive the business forward is at the heart of what we do.”

Zentia’s head of HR Nicky Gallagher said: “Partnering with a local education institution such as Gateshead College is a natural fit and the ideal medium towards providing quality manufacturing positions in the North East and boosting and retaining important skills in the region.”

To watch a video on Zentia’s apprenticeship programme, please click here.