STAFF at a national business are being given the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their career through Bury College apprenticeship programmes.

Two employee’s at UK wide sustainability company Viridor who have taken advantage of the scheme are Liam Ryder and Anne Farrington from the company’s Bolton branch.

Acting Purchasing and Stores Supervisor Mr Ryder, aged 22, recently completed a Level 2 warehousing apprenticeship, during which he developed and implemented a new strategy to manage and control his stock, which he believes has made him more proactive in his role.

He had already enjoyed success at the firm, progressing from assistant to supervisor level since joining in 2014 and will now begin his Level 3 Team Leading apprenticeship.

He said: “My apprenticeship with Bury College was great and I now feel ready to gain my level 3 qualification.

“I am looking forward to learning how to lead and manage a team and how to handle certain situations.”

Ms Farrington, an administration assistant who has been at the company for six years, completed a Level 2 customer service apprenticeship to gain new skills and help in her day-to-day work.

Ms Farrington said: “It has been over 40 years since I undertook any form of training or completed a course so for me it was a huge challenge which I really enjoyed.

“I am now more aware when I am dealing with customers and have a greater understanding of my role.”

Viridor is part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, with over 300 facilities across the UK transforming waste into recycled material and renewable energy.

Brian Norris, Business Service Manager at Vividor, said: “The Bury College apprenticeship process ran very smoothly with regular visits, contact and support from the assessor.

“I am keen for staff within my department to constantly review and improve their skills in order to support their progression.”

For more information regarding apprenticeships at Bury College please call 0161 280 8280