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MPQC leads by example and takes on their own apprentice!

MPQC leads by example and takes on their own apprentice!

Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April this year, the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) have been encouraging employers within our sector to make use of their Levy monies and take on apprentices. Last month they proved that they are well and truly leading by example by employing their own apprentice, Isaac Azim.

Isaac joins MPQC on a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship, facilitated by Stephenson College in Nottingham. He will be with the business for 1 year, working solely within MPQC’s commercial training division, MP Skills. Some of the skills Isaac will learn during his time at MPQC include customer service, business administration, data entry and basic financial processes.

Isaac said; “I’m really excited to get stuck into my apprenticeship at MPQC. So far, everyone has been really welcoming and I look forward to helping out the team with a wider range of responsibilities within the next few months. One of the reasons I chose this apprenticeship was because of the variety of tasks I’d be getting involved in – hopefully this will be something that helps pave the way for my future career, whatever that might be!”

MPQC is pushing for employers within the mineral products sector to utilise the Apprenticeship levy and take on apprentices. Larger employers can make use of their Levy funds and SMEs can claim up to 90% of training costs from public funding – this means that there has never been a better time to take on an apprentice!

MP Skills has also recently launched a new industry apprenticeship; Mineral Processing Mobile & Static Plant Operator Apprenticeship (Level 2).

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John Wilkinson, MPQC CEO and Isaac Azim, MPQC Apprentice