GAINING respect and increasing his independence has put more spark into life for 17-year-old Brett Angus, who is gaining a qualification while being paid in his new role as technical apprentice at SCA Hygiene.
Brett, of Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, was studying for a City & Guilds in electrical installation at Gateshead College when he successfully applied for the Apprenticeship at SCA Hygiene, funded by the LSC North East. His role at SCA is to ensure production runs smoothly by operating and repairing machinery on the production line at the company’s Prudhoe paper mill.
He attends Gateshead College once a month to improve his theoretical knowledge, which he then puts into practice on the production line.
As the leading supplier of tissue paper across Europe, and with a product range which includes toilet paper, hand and kitchen towels, napkins and handkerchiefs, SCA Hygiene has recently taken on 16 apprentices to bring the total to 30.
All the recruits are in training to become process and operations technicians through an Advanced Apprenticeship, also funded by the LSC North East.
SCA Hygiene human resources manager Alison Rishworth said: "The Apprenticeship programme has been of great benefit to the company and has enabled us to build key competencies in the business to prevent a potential skills shortage in the future."