WHEN Kyle Dickinson left school, he knew he wanted more than a job, but staying in the classroom was his idea of hell.
Now thanks to Goole contract manufacturer, Grotech Production Ltd, the 17-year-old is on his way to a maintenance engineering qualification and a bright future.
And the investment in Kyle and two long standing employees has paid off for the firm, which develops, manufactures and ships a diverse range of products from agrichems to motor fuel enhancers, resulting in year on year growth.
“I couldn’t see myself going to college full time to develop a career, but I was keen to learn new skills,” said Kyle.
“Getting an apprenticeship with Grotech Production Ltd has given me the best of both worlds. I spend a day each week at college, but that learning is reinforced in the factory working alongside people with decades of experience,” he said.
“Colleagues are keen to hand their experience and expertise down to someone who lives locally and has an interest in engineering,” he added.
A year into his course at Hull College he is thriving on the challenge and looking forward to next year.
Grotech Production Ltd’s investment in skills and apprenticeships isn’t confined to the younger generation. Determined to develop a sustainable management team the company has enrolled long serving production Team Leaders Simon Newton and Mike Whur on the Level III Team Leaders Course.
Studying alongside staff from other East Yorkshire businesses has helped them develop. Simon Newton said: Everyone wants to progress and being given this chance is really motivational. I couldn’t face the prospect of going back to college. During the 18 months course we study various modules, discuss problem solving strategies and share best practice with people from other local companies.
“We are getting a different perspective from someone outside Grotech Production Ltd which we can then bring back into the business to benefit it.
“Being pushed to achieve more qualifications demonstrates they are prepared to invest in us,” he added.
Stephen Moore is Operations Director at Grotech Production Ltd. He said: “The company recently joined The 5% Club, which is a group of businesses committed to having at least five per cent of the team on a ‘learn and earn’ scheme at any one time. It is part of our long term strategy to grow the business organically and it is paying off.
“Our customer base has diversified, we have attracted new customers and retained them due to our commitment to service and revenues and profits are up,” he added.