Parafix has recently introduced an apprenticeship for the first time and we are delighted to welcome Laura Still who has taken on the three year engineering role.
Laura was Head Girl at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy and had been offered a place at Exeter University to study Engineering, but decided to pursue a vocational education instead.
The apprenticeship is running in line with a two year BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Engineering day release course. Laura will attend classes at Northbrook College, Worthing, one day a week and spend the rest of her time at Parafix. Laura will be joined on the course by Luke Murphy, machine operator and another new young recruit at Parafix.
Laura will be studying areas such as mechanical design, CAD and process engineering which will complement her training at Parafix. To provide Laura with a well rounded understanding of Parafix, our processes and our customers’ needs, she will spend time in various departments throughout the company. Her main role is within our R&D Department, but during her apprenticeship she will also gain experience working with Quality Assurance (QA), Health & Safety (H&S), Production, Purchasing, Estimating, Customer Service, Accounts and Operations. At the end of the apprenticeship it is hoped that Laura will remain in the company and take on a Supervisory Role as part of her long and successful career with Parafix.
We have introduced an apprenticeship because as our business grows we need more home grown talent. Michael Punter, Managing Director at Parafix is a strong believer in apprenticeships as this is how he started out; as a commercial apprentice with George Wimpey & Co, working through their different departments, eventually staying in their accountancy group.
To learn more about Laura’s time at Parafix keep an eye out for her monthly blog, which will document her experience as an apprentice; you can read her first one here.