Yes it is that time of the year again where I provide you with an update as to the goings on here at Expac.
With the business consistently growing and more enquiries being sent in by the day, in turn, the workforce here at Expac needs to be able to handle this increase in demand. Over the past year, the management team and I have identified the importance for investing in today’s youth, not only to provide employment to the gifted people leaving education, but also to invest in Expac’s future and ensure that we have a skilled and competent team in place to enable the business to carry on for many more years. Expac are actively working alongside Training 2000 to provide apprenticeship opportunities to young people who have recently left school, as well as having links with Lancaster University Management School.
Three of our newest team members have come from either Training 2000 or Lancaster University. Please see the following employee profiles to learn a little more about our new team members.
Name: Jordan Geary
Position: Administration Assistant
Profile: Jordan joined the Expac team in early March. Prior to joining Expac Jordan was looking to enrol on an NVQ level 2&3 course through Training 2000. Following on from a process engineering project here at Expac, changes were made to how we receive and manage goods coming into the organisation. These changes provided an opportunity for someone to come into the business and ensure that all materials moving in and out of the company are managed and documented at all times. Following on from a successful interview where Jordan proved herself to be a friendly and attentive individual, she was appointed as the newest member of the Expac team. During her first few months here Jordan has shown that she is a capable and hard working person whom I believe is a valuable asset to this company already. As Jordan develops within the company not only shall she take on further responsibilities, but she will also achieve her NVQ level 2&3 qualifications. Over time I envisage her being in a position where she shall be actively involved in the purchasing and organisation of the different projects being ran here at Expac.
Name: Robert Langstreth
Position: Junior Engineer
Profile: Rob joined us back in September 2011 as an apprentice engineer. Rob has been working with our engineering team led by Marc Campbell and has been directly involved in the maintenance and servicing of the vast range of machinery which we have here at Expac. Along with the above Rob was heavily involved with our factory relocation project, his efforts and clear understanding of our equipment proved to me that he has great potential and a bright future ahead of him within the engineering world. As time moves on I would like to see Rob working independently within the business dealing with the day to day challenges that exist within the manufacturing world.
Name: David Meredith
Position: Project Manager
Profile: David officially joined Expac back in September 2011. He initially came to us whilst studying for his Masters degree in Project Management and helped to plan our factory relocation. Based on the work he did and his desire to see the project through to completion we appointed David as our full time relocation project manager. Having proved himself as a valuable asset to Expac we then appointed David as part of our business development team to learn from and work alongside Steve Jones. Over the past 4 months David has been learning all about Expac as a business as well as the products which we make. As David becomes fully competent with Expac’s business processes I would like to see him working actively alongside Steve in developing the business and helping to drive Expac forward.
Along with the appointment of the above three people, Expac are actively working with Training 2000 and the local college to help bring opportunities to today’s youth, please see below to see how we are working to provide further opportunities.
Accompanying our drive to invest in today’s youth, Expac have been developing a successful working relationship with Training 2000. As time progresses I shall be creating more apprenticeship opportunities within the business and I hope that we can continue to find such skilled individuals to help Expac grow!
As well as investing in youth, we are also looking to create a welcoming and vibrant environment for our staff. To help us with this we invited a class of Art students from Runshaw College to come and have a look at the business, to gain an understanding as to what we do and to create a range of artwork that we could put within the building. The students submitted various fantastic pieces of art which really grasped what Expac are about and portrayed the company in an art form. The students have then gone away and recreated the original artwork onto 3 large pieces of canvas which we have then hung on the wall of our canteen.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Art students of Runshaw College and the members of staff for creating a fantastic piece of art which will liven up our canteen and help to create an ‘energetic’ atmosphere amongst our staff.
I am also pleased to announce that Expac shall be doing further work with the students at Runshaw College later on in the year, so please keep a look out on our website to see how this develops….
Thank you for reading and I shall be back in a few weeks to let you know how Expac has developed further, perhaps I shall be announcing another new member to the team…