LEADING paper and packaging company, SAICA, is searching for two new apprentices at its paper production plant in Partington, as part of an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Trafford College.

The dedicated four-year programme will see new recruits working at the Manchester Road mill while also studying at Trafford College. This ensures the apprentices will be able to combine on-the-ground experience with a formal education that will lead to recognised NVQs in process industries operations and performing engineering operations.

The apprenticeship scheme will see the apprentices join the existing 100-strong workforce.

Apprentices will gain experience of stock preparation, finishing, the utilities area and paper machine, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to enable them to build a career in the paper and packaging industry.

Pasi Hayrynen, SAICA’s plant manager, said: “We first opened our apprenticeship scheme in 2014 and are delighted to be able to offer apprenticeships at the mill again this year.

"Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get a foot in the door, and learn new transferable skills. We are proud to be investing in the stars or our future, and believe our new apprentices will add real value to the team at Partington.”

Wayne Edwards, chairman of Partington Parish Council, said: “The apprenticeship scheme that the mill is offering will be of great benefit to our community and I urge any residents feel that they may fit the role to apply.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship scheme and would like to apply, contact Sam Sargeant at Trafford First on 0161 886 7047 or email sam.sargeant@trafford.ac.uk by April 30.