Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) has signalled its commitment to developing young careers in Leeds by taking on two apprentices to work in key areas of the business.
The company, which manufactures thermoformed packaging for the food, drinks and gift industries, has appointed Harry Wade, 16, as an apprentice toolmaker and Ethan Stubbley, 19, as a trainee product designer.
The two Leeds teenagers will spend three years in training, during which time they will learn all aspects of roles that are vital in the day-to-day operation and on-going success of LVF.
Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF, said: “Every product we sell is designed and developed in house, while all the tooling moulds used during the thermoforming process are also designed and manufactured in-house. As such it’s fair to say that toolmaking and product design are the lifeblood of our business.”
“Our intention with Harry and Ethan is to give them the very best start to their careers in these two highly specialised roles, and we do hope that once finished they will choose to stay and grow with us.”
Apprentice toolmaker Harry is doing his apprenticeship through Leeds City College of Engineering, while Ethan’s product design apprenticeship is being run in-house by LVF.
Harry said: “I’ve gone straight from doing GCSEs into my apprenticeship at LVF and I love it. The job of toolmaker is highly skilled and extremely technical, but I feel like I’m learning something new every day.”
Ethan said: “After finishing my A-levels at UTC Leeds I knew I wanted to do CAD design, but I wasn’t keen on going to university to study the subject and run up a massive student debt in the process. LVF has given me the chance to follow the career path I wanted to go down while working – it really is a great opportunity.”
LVF recently invested over half a million pounds in new machinery, which has increased its manufacturing capacity by 25 per cent, and opened up opportunities in new markets.