Fareham based waste management firm, L&S Waste, is delighted to announce that one of its young apprentices, Jackson Brown (24), has been nominated for a prestigious award.
The Rising Star Award, is part of the annual Apprentice & Employer of the Year Event, organised by Portsmouth’s leading apprenticeship provider, PETA. The award celebrates employees who have undergone an apprenticeship programme and are now excelling in their work.
Jackson was nominated for the award by PETA’s learning and development coaches, who were impressed by his dedication and determination throughout the apprenticeship programme and his subsequent rapid progression through the organisation.
Having moved from his initial position as weighbridge operator, to a more senior supervisor role at the L&S Waste Rail Depot in Southampton, he is now being progressed further onto the L&S fast-track management program, where he is once again exceeding expectations.
Operations Director at L&S Waste, Steve Harman, said: “We tasked Jackson with examining and reducing our cost base for the materials and aggregates side of the business. In collaboration with our commercial director, he has been responsible for the introduction of several LEAN processes, which has achieved cost reductions in the region of 10%."
“In addition Jackson was asked to analyse data and explore ways to reduce input errors on our sales software systems. While this is an extensive ongoing project he has already identified several areas which resulted in the reduction of errors by 2%-3%."
“Although his career is still in its infancy, Jackson is already well on his way to becoming a very accomplished manager and leader and is definitely worthy of the Shining Star recognition.”
Jackson said: “When the apprenticeship opportunity with L&S presented itself, I jumped at the chance. A lot of people my age are simply looking for a desk job and wouldn’t really have considered joining a waste company. However, when I talk to friends about my progression within L&S I think they see the potential in working for local firms like L&S, who offer fantastic opportunities for young people to develop and grow their skills.
“I’m obviously delighted to have been nominated for this award and it’s great to be recognised for all the effort and hard work so far.”
L&S Waste Management is offering a number of apprenticeship style opportunities, where young people entering the industry can benefit from on-the-job-training with the potential to study towards a variety of waste industry and general management qualifications. There are a currently a number of opportunities available for plant operators, HGV drivers, administration, management, sales and service roles, based across depots in Southampton, Portsmouth and Fareham.
All training is completed at local colleges, in association with leading industry providers, such as PETA. Apprentices will be given the opportunity to join the company on a fully paid 6-month programme with a guaranteed permanent job offer, following a successful induction period.