We are over the moon to have been shortlisted by the West Berkshire Training Consortium for ‘Small Employer of the Year’ in their Rising Star Awards 2021.
To be selected as a finalist is an honour and shows recognition for the support, we have given to the apprenticeship programme over the years. Here at Benincà UK we are really passionate about helping apprentices into the workplace and to date have bought on four apprentices via the scheme.
Our first apprentice has since relocated and moved onto another role; however, we have three individuals that make up our current team, that all originally joined us via the programme. Our most recent apprentice, Sam Weedon is supporting our sales team and is already excelling. Along with Ben Smith who has worked as part of our Warehouse team for nearly 7 years and Meg Sudlow, who is now in a hybrid role covering Finance and Marketing.
It has been fantastic to watch each apprentice learn and grow into their individual roles, becoming an asset to the Benincà UK team.
We managed to catch up Meg, Ben, and Sam, and they kindly shared their views on the apprentice scheme and what it means to them:
Meg Sudlow, Admin & Marketing Assistant
“Benincà really helped me through my apprenticeship course. They gave me a good mentor who taught me different processes and supported me with my college work. Nadia, Finance Controller here at Beninca and my dedicated mentor was very understanding and helped me develop numerous skills such as taking my initiative, research skills and time management. I’ve also learnt skills like communication, teamwork, and, perhaps the biggest one, confidence from the company as a whole.
As an employer, Beninca take very good care of their employees, helping them in their career paths. It’s really a pleasure to work here every day.”
Ben Smith, Warehouse Operative
“The West Berkshire Training Consortium were a massive help to 16-year-old me, who didn’t have a clue what to do with my life. Nearly 7 years on and I wouldn’t change a thing! I am proud to work at Benincà and extremely happy to be part of such a great team. I love working in the warehouse, as I have such a busy and varied role, no two days are the same, but that’s what I love the most.”
Sam Weedon, Sales Administrator
“I have settled into my role very quickly at Beninca and have been supported since the day I joined. The friendly atmosphere makes it easy to learn, as there is always someone on hand when I need to ask a question or help with something particularly technical.”