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Lowestoft firm keen to develop apprenticeship scheme

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 11 April 2017

Ashley Herbert and Lewis Hodges have recently completed their apprenticeships at Harrod UK.  Lewis Hodges receives his certificate. Pictures: HARROD UK

Ashley Herbert and Lewis Hodges have recently completed their apprenticeships at Harrod UK. Lewis Hodges receives his certificate. Pictures: HARROD UK

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An apprenticeship scheme has proved a success once more at a historic Lowestoft company.

Ashley Herbert and Lewis Hodges have recently completed their apprenticeships at Harrod UK.  Ashley Herbert receives his certificate. Pictures: HARROD UKAshley Herbert and Lewis Hodges have recently completed their apprenticeships at Harrod UK. Ashley Herbert receives his certificate. Pictures: HARROD UK

Ashley Herbert and Lewis Hodges have recently completed their apprenticeships at Harrod UK.

Lewis joined the company in 2014 starting his career in the netting department after studying at Sir John Leman High School and going on to study Electrical Installation at Lowestoft College. He recently completed his apprenticeship in warehousing and storage logistics intermediate level two, and is keen to work his way up the career ladder. He said he would like to “run the netting department at some stage,” adding: “When I first started working here I was always the quiet one and stood back in group projects, but now after completing my apprenticeship I am more confident and like to take a hands on approach to my work.”

Ashley joined the company in the 2014 after finishing his A-levels at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, and completed his level two apprenticeship in manufacturing operations.

He said: “I have enjoyed my time so far at Harrod UK, and am thankful for the opportunity the company has given me, it was a great gateway into my career. I would recommend an apprenticeship program to other young people, as it opens doors to new opportunities and experiences”.

Harrod UK currently employs three other apprentices in a range of roles across the company, and the success of the apprenticeship scheme is why the firm plans to develop and invest in young people within the industry in the future.

HR manager Carol Rolfe said: “We are looking to expand the amount of apprenticeship roles we offer as a company”.

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