Wirquin is keen to support National Apprentice Week, believing that apprenticeships are a viable alternative to going to university, to learn valuable skills in the workplace and gain on the job experience.

Grant Mason, 18, a maintenance electrician apprentice recently started working at Wirquin as part of his NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Engineering.

He studies two days at Doncaster College and the rest of the week working on the electrical maintenance of over 60 machines producing sanitary equipment including cisterns, toilet seats and siphons. 

“I’m shadowing the other electricians who take the time to explain what they are doing and give me full supervision,” he explained. “They also let me do lots of hands on work, which is always checked so I can’t do anything wrong. I’m learning and practising a lot and in time I will be able to work more autonomously.”

Another apprentice recently completed three-years of training with the IT team and made a valuable contribution to the business right from day one. He brought fresh ideas and continued to become a valuable member of staff.

 “Wirquin is keen to take on local apprentices in different areas of the business and give them the experience of working for a large organisation in the local area,” says Tracy Cunningham, HR manager.

“We are currently recruiting for more apprentices, including someone to work on payroll and other arising matters in the HR office. Wirquin is committed to supporting young people in their training and offering opportunities to suit their career aspirations.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Grant Mason (18), NVQ Level 3 Electrical Engineering Apprentice gaining supervised hands-on work experience at the local sanitary equipment manufacturers, Wirquin.