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You’re hired as Apprentice Jess joins Wrights GPX

JessThis month we welcome our latest apprentice to the team. Jess joins Wrights Plastics to support the marketing, purchasing and admin teams.

After graduating from Coppice Performing Arts in Wolverhampton, Jess felt further education was not for her. She was keen to enter the workplace and make use of the subjects she had studied at A-level:  Media, Business and Health & Social Care.

She made contact with providers Skillwise who were looking for “enthusiastic individuals” and had a demanding selection criterion for their candidates. Not for them the boring old CV or Personal Statement. Jess was asked to put together a short video about her, her skills and her ambitions that could be forwarded to potential employers. “I was nervous,” admits Jess “but thought it was a good idea. So, after a few false starts, I created a video was I was happy with.”

The video was certainly a big success. Jess had two interviews and two offers! “But as soon as I walked in Wrights Plastics I had a good feel about the place.”

Before starting, Jess undertook two weeks intensive training in Cardiff to gain an insight into modern marketing techniques such as social media, email marketing and Direct Mail. After a long days training, Jess enjoyed some of the social activities provided – and some much needed free time with the group of about 16 apprentices.  “We all keep in touch through a Facebook group.  Everyone is now working and enjoying themselves.”

Further intensive training will form part of Jess’s apprenticeship.

Two weeks in and Jess is finding life at Wrights GPX “better than expected. There is more variety of work than I first thought and the team is really friendly – I can be myself.”

Jess has agreed to write a fortnightly blog on her experiences – look out for the first one very soon at http://www.gpxgroup.com/blog