The UK’s leading bed manufacturer, Silentnight has announced plans to take on ten new apprentices in 2017 to mark National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March). The award-winning scheme, now in its sixth year, will see the newly announced intake join the business in July this year.
The Lancashire-based bed maker will bring the apprentices into key areas of Silentnight, including production, engineering and management, where they’ll get a taste of their department and the wider business over two years. On successful completion, apprentices are guaranteed a full time position with the company.
The earn while you learn scheme – that prides itself on paying above the national living wage – launched in 2011 and has taken on and trained 60 apprentices, 48 of whom have remain within the business.
The scheme received praise from David Cameron on a 2014 visit to Silentnight’s factory, when the then Prime Minister described Silentnight as a ‘great business’ emphasising its investment in UK manufacturing, product innovation and apprenticeships.
Training and Development Manager at Silentnight, Dr Julie Dix, said;
“We really recognise the value that apprentices bring to the organisation. They spend two years here and during that time become an invaluable part of the business, learning on the job and eventually graduating with a nationally recognised qualification and moving into full time roles within the business.”
“When people think Silentnight, they automatically think manufacturing but our apprenticeships cover all areas of the business. This year we plan to take on six apprentices within production, two within the warehouse, one as an engineering apprentice and one onto our junior management scheme.”
Manufacturing Apprentice Jade Ansell said:
“I’ve really grown in confidence since I started the apprenticeship scheme. No day is the same at Silentnight. I’ve worked across all areas of manufacturing and even had the chance to manage a team of over thirty people.
“It’s great to be earning while I learn, going to college once every two weeks and not getting into any debt. I now know that I want to go down the management route and I’m really looking forward to progressing within the business. I would really recommend the apprenticeship to anyone thinking of applying.”
Applications for the scheme open this month and prospective candidates can apply online through www.silentnight.co.uk/about-us/apprenticeships/apply
For more information on National Apprenticeship Week visit www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2017
Silentnight is part of Silentnight Group, the UK’s largest manufacturer of branded beds for the home that also owns Rest Assured, Layezee, Sealy and the Pocket Spring Bed Company. Visit www.silentnight.co.uk for more information.