Apprentices play key role in FLS success story

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FLS managing director Ieuan Rosser with apprentices.

FLS managing director Ieuan Rosser with apprentices.

Apprentices have played a key role in the successful development of Cwmbran-based Freight Logistics Solutions, a supply chain management company specialising in logistics.

Formed by managing director Ieuan Rosser in May 2016, the company has 25 employees, including six apprentices who are working towards an Apprenticeship in Business Administration delivered by Torfaen Training. The Apprenticeship is supplemented by an internal training programme specifically focused on supply chain management and logistics.

FLS has been shortlisted for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. The company will be competing to become Small Employer of the Year category at the prestigious awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on November 9.

The annual awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers, tutors and assessors who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship Programmes.

Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the coveted awards are supported by media partner, Media Wales. The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

Thirty star employers, learners and learning providers from across Wales have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

FLS offers a complete range of UK, European and global transport solutions to improve clients’ transport service levels while also reducing costs. Now entering its third year of trading, the company has won a series of start-up awards for its rapid growth and aims to double turnover and staff within five years.

The Apprenticeship Programme is an important component of the company’s business plan. Apprentices are recruited based on potential, exposed to multiple departments within the business and encouraged to make suggestions, be innovative, to try new things and grow into invaluable team players.

“It may at first seem difficult to imagine that 17-year olds with no business experience would become successful but giving them the opportunity to learn and develop from scratch is very rewarding,”said Ieuan.

“We have found that the apprentices have great energy, knowledge and bring a good vibrancy and fresh ideas to the workplace. We have a very open business culture and this helps them to develop fast within our high growth environment and very quickly become vital to the operation of the business.

“Not only does an apprenticeship offer young people the chance to kick-start a fulfilling career in our sector, but there is a wealth of benefits for any business that takes them on.”

Richard Cook, of Torfaen Training, said: “We have no hesitation in holding FLS up as an example to local businesses of what can be achieved by the effective use of an Apprenticeship Programme.”

Congratulating FLS on being shortlisted for an award, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said: “Apprenticeship Awards Cymru showcase the success of the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeships and Traineeships Programmes and the achievements of our star apprentices, employers, learning providers and trainees.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for individuals to gain valuable skills and experience while earning a wage and for employers to ensure their workforce has the skills to future proof a business.

“Increasing higher level skills and developing skills pathways that benefit the whole of Wales have never been more important.”

Read more about the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru finalists

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