Apprenticeships at Nice-Pak

Nice-Pak seeks to recruit new apprentices  We are seeking applications for apprentices in the ma...

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Apprenticeships at Nice-Pak

24th September 2021

Nice-Pak seeks to recruit new apprentices 

We are seeking applications for apprentices in the maintenance and engineering teams across our Flint and Wigan facilities.

The staff expansion forms part our plans for apprentices to eventually make up five per cent of  our entire 900-strong workforce across our sites.

A number of employees who have completed the training have spoken about their experiences. 

Flint’s senior maintenance technician Mike Lawlor, joined the organisation in 2003 as a mechanical engineering apprentice.  Since completing his apprenticeship in 2007, Mike has risen through the ranks at the site, progressing from a shift engineer to a senior role where he now oversees four technicians as they work to maintain and assist with production processes. 

He said: “I remember being nervous in those early days of the apprenticeship, but as I got more involved with breakdowns and maintenance schedules alongside a supportive team who were always on hand to provide guidance and assistance, those worries washed away. 

“Having moved into a more senior role where now I’m on the other side, I’ve tried to embody that ideal of creating a friendly and helpful atmosphere where we all work as a team to get the job done as one unit. We never stop learning new skills or gaining knowledge at Nice-Pak and as a result, my time here has been incredibly rewarding not just professionally, but personally as well.”  

At the Wigan facility, Sean Chadwick became a shift engineer after completing his apprenticeship and is keen to continue his development and has set his sights on becoming a senior technician at Nice-Pak. 

He said: “I was a line operator at Nice-Pak and was keen to better myself within the company because I can see myself staying here and wanted to work to my potential. The engineers I worked with really helped me and everyone involved made sure I had everything available to complete my apprenticeship I was given time in and out of work to get what I needed.  

“My message to people thinking of applying is just go for it! It really is a great place to work and if you apply yourself and work hard it is very rewarding. You won’t regret it.” 



Nice-Pak has partnered with  local colleges  to include Deeside’s Coleg Cambria and Wigan & Leigh College for many years  to create a  pathway for electrical and mechanical engineers to undertake local apprenticeships. 

Employer engagement team leader at Wigan & Leigh College Tim Nutter said:  ”The apprentices develop at Nice-Pak in line with their studies. They learn their trade alongside their chosen apprenticeship and develop their skills in work in line with the progression through the levels of their apprenticeship programme. 

Deputy director of work-based engineering at Coleg Cambria Peter Jones said: “The apprenticeships with Nice-Pak go hand-in-hand with study at the college, developing skills in both a practical and theoretical manner while helping students gain vital experience in the industry. 

“Joining forces with Nice-Pak for a significant period of time has meant we have seen countless apprentices develop and secure stable and long-term employment with the company over the years. However, we’ve also helped provide a range of training and further qualifications to fine tune those skills learnt during their apprenticeships and ensure staff continue to grow even long after the apprenticeships are finished.” 

Deborah Thatcher, HR Director at Nice-Pak said: “We are very proud to have cultivated a culture which promotes teamwork and continuing development amongst team members, and our apprenticeship scheme is a vital aspect of that chain.  

“To date, every one of our apprentices has been offered permanent employment with us post-completion, with many opting to remain with us long-term due in part to the strong learning environment we provide.” 

Nice-Pak’s focus on continuing employee development has resulted in an above industry-average staff tenure, with more than 50 per cent of team members at Nice-Pak’s Flint factory staying with the business for more than ten years. 

Earlier this year, Nice-Pak received a Top Employers Institute certification for the 8th consecutive year. The award recognises leading employers that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and strive to continuously optimise employment practices. 

For more information on applying for an apprenticeship with Nice-Pak at its Flint factory please contact Vicki Alexander on 01352 736630, For Wigan please contact Lisa Kellet on 01942 666030.



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