Apprentice’s Journey Shines Light on Opportunities within the Packaging Industry

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Back in 2014, after completing sixth form college, Kieran Dinsdale decided that he wanted to start his career at an apprentice level.

After searching through apprentice agencies, Kieran applied and joined the team at Greyhound Box as an apprentice CAD Designer. Based in Leeds, Greyhound Box are a leading manufacturer of corrugated boxes, specialising in design and manufacture.

Kieran’s role was based in the Design and Sampling department, helping customers discover solutions through box design, such as protecting their product through transit.  Within this role, Kieran worked towards a number of qualifications, being trained both in-house and via external trainers.

In 2015, Kieran was successfully awarded an EAL Level 2 in Industrial Environment Awareness, EAL Level 2 in Employment Rights and Responsibilities for New Entrants into the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Industries, Pearson EDI Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations (QCF), along with an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance (Performing Manufacturing Operations).

After a couple of years of learning within the Design & Sampling department, Kieran turned his interest to the Production facilities. Here, he was given the chance to see all of the creations that he had designed himself, being manufactured in the factory.  
Kieran started in production as an Assistant Operator on Greyhound Box’s printing machine; after undertaking more in-house training, it was not long before it was clear he had excellent skills and was soon promoted to a Machine Operator.

Further training was undertaken and in 2018 Kieran successfully achieved several additional qualifications, including Level 2 NVQ Diploma & Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance in Business Improvement Techniques (Process Improvement), Level 2 Certificate in Business Improvement Techniques, as well as a Functional Skills Qualifications in Mathematics & English Level 1 

More recently, Kieran has received further promotion and is now Greyhound Box’s “Factory Supervisor”, shadowing the “Production Manager” and developing even more skills in this exciting new role.

Over the past 6 years, Kieran’s journey at Greyhound Box has allowed his skillset to go from strength to strength. From joining the company as an Apprentice, all the way to his recent promotion of Factory Supervisor, this story shows what can be achieved through dedication to learning and training. Greyhound Box's Claire Monk has said that “Kieran has proved he is a valuable asset to our team and we wish him well on the rest of his journey!”

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