TODAY the Citizen is teaming up with Versarien in the search to find new apprentices to join the Forest of Dean company.
Forest Apprentice will combine first class education and paid employment for two lucky people between the ages of 16 and 21.
Successful applicants – who must meet either the advanced and higher level two and three apprenticeship criteria – have a rare opportunity of learning from a rapidly growing company which operates at the “very boundaries of science”.
Neill Ricketts, chief executive of Versarien, which is based at Vantage Point Business Village, in Mitcheldean, said: “It isn’t often you get a great opportunity presented to you; the chance to get a first class education without the cost of going away to college and the opportunity to learn while being paid to achieve the same result.
“As a company, we are growing very quickly and I have to look at what the company will need in three to five years’ time. We are looking for the enthusiastic, dedicated and committed who like a challenge to join us on our journey.
“In the last few years, the company has had some great experiences and the successful candidates will be able to share in those.”
Versarien, which has rapidly gone from employing only three staff to 70, has run the Forest Apprentice for two years in the hope of filling a “skills gap” among young people.
Mr Ricketts said he valued the scheme and is rewarded with the satisfaction of seeing his apprentices succeed and progress their careers.
He is keen to stress the initiative is aimed at female as well as male applicants keen to pursue a career in engineering or business administration. Mr Ricketts said: “Apprentices will get a fully paid education up to level three, as well as the opportunity to work for a growing and exciting technology company operating at the very boundaries of science.
“They will be mentored by me, coached by my staff and given the opportunity to take part in every activity we do in the business.” – great employees are not just born, they need to be nurtured and mentored to go on and do great things.
“There are few places as wonderful and inspiring as this beautiful area. The ability to work and play hard makes all the difference. One minute you could be working on ground breaking technology, and in the next downhill mountain biking or canoeing.”
Versarien has linked up with Gloucestershire College to offer the apprenticeships, which will start in March. The deadline for applications to the Citizen is Friday August 29. Register your interest by calling 01452 698827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org