Ben Potter had no idea why his bosses at Welspun UK had asked him to cancel his plans for the evening and attend Stockport Town Hall on 4th December. When his name flashed up on screen though it became clear – he had been chosen by a panel of judges as Stockport’s “apprentice of the year”.
Ben joined Cheadle-based Welspun UK Ltd, part of the US$3.5 billion Welspun Group in June 2013. In this country, Welspun are known for Christy towels, the no.1 branded towels in the UK. Ben was the company’s second apprentice and has been working with the design and product development team. Since he started he has worked with apprenticeships specialist Damar Training to complete an intermediate apprenticeship in business administration and has now progressed to an advanced apprenticeship. His learning hasn’t stopped there though. He has also completed Welspun’s e-learning “Corporate University” programme and has achieved a qualification in manual handling.
Supply chain manager Graham Naismith commented:
“Ben is now delivering real benefits to his team and the broader business. Recently for example he took responsibility for developing our high profile Rugby World Cup range of towels. He is a real asset to our business and I look forward to seeing his career develop”
Ben’s trainer, Andrea Tyman added:
“Since he joined Welspun, Ben has shown a real appetite to progress and is always on hand to assist colleagues and go above and beyond what would normally be expected. As his skills and confidence have grown so has his role. He is now able to fulfil more challenging tasks, such as negotiating product prices.”
Ben’s success has encouraged Welspun UK to grow its apprenticeship programme and the company now views apprentices as one of the drivers for future business growth.
Amanda Edwards, HR Development Manager:
“I would strongly recommend apprenticeships to any organisation that is looking to increase its talent base. They are a real source of energy and ideas and are the perfect way to future-proof your workforce.”