Movers & Shakers: ‘Committed and able’ laboratory apprentice Jordan joins food ingredients team on permanent basis
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A ‘committed and able’ food laboratory apprentice has joined the team he works with on a permanent basis after impressing his bosses.
Jordan Peck was given an apprentice role at Essex food ingredients firm EDME, working four days a week, with a fifth reserved for studying at a local college.
Now his studies are concluded, he has been appointed as a full time, fully qualified lab technician.
“Apprentices have a lot to learn when they first start,” said laboratory manager Gavin Mulligan. “On top of all the technical skills and quality control processes, there’s the more general - but still crucial - stuff about how organisations work, who the customers are and how we meet their expectations.
“Jordan has shown a real commitment and ability to learn, and during his apprenticeship proved that he could become a valuable member of the team.
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“We’re very happy to have seen him progress. His promotion is testament to his hard work. It also shows that apprenticeship programmes can work really well when you have the right candidates and the right training in place.”
Jordan’s job includes making sure products meet food standards and investigating and testing new and existing EDME products - and working on innovating processes and formulations.
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“You’re on a steep learning curve when you’re an apprentice – and although I’m never going to stop learning, I feel like I’ve earned my keep,” he said.
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Boss Edward O’Rourke said they were “thrilled” to have him.
Lilli Hender has been appointed as senior account executive at Bury St Edmunds retail marketing firm Montage Communications.
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Claire Brooks has joined Ipswich IT services firm Corbel Solutions as relationship director.
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Commercial director Karen Rogers said she was ‘delighted’ at Claire joining the team.
She would be focusing on an area of Corbel’s business that has seen high growth in recent years and continues to expand, she said.
Dedham-based financial advisers Fiducia Wealth Management has appointed Susie Laws as company director.
She is a chartered financial planner with more than 12 years’ experience in the financial services profession.
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Boss Gordon Kearny said they were ‘delighted’ to welcome her. “She has brought with her a wealth of experience, dedication and enthusiasm to the business.”
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