Apprentice recognised for his exceptional talent and proves language is no barrier

A Shrewsbury-based apprentice from Latvia has received an award and cheque for £250 after proving he has what it takes in the Logistics industry.

Peteris Marhels, 28, moved to the UK in 2012 from his home country of Latvia to further his education and seek out career opportunities. Since then he has gained an Apprenticeship via Shrewsbury College with Shrewsbury abattoir, ABP.

He has recently been recognised for his determination and hard work by winning the Logistics Apprentice of the Year Award 2014 and a cheque from Skills for Logistics. This prestigious award in the logistics industry celebrates outstanding intermediate and advanced apprentices working in the sector.

Peteris started at ABP in October 2010 and during his time with the company has progressed through the ranks, contributed to the new culture of ‘get it right first time, every time’ and has proactively implemented new procedures.

“Since starting my Apprenticeship, as well as the practical skills I have learnt, I have also developed my management skills considerably.  I think my greatest personal achievement to date is leaving Latvia and making a success of my life in the UK. It was a frightening time, but I believe you have to sacrifice something in order to achieve your goals,” explained Peteris.

“Eight months into my Apprenticeship, I was made the despatch department trainer. At that time there was no training plan in place, just a few procedures signed off by staff.  I therefore developed a department training plan which involved a whole organisation spreadsheet matrix.

“On completion of my Apprenticeship, I am being promoted to Supervisor. Having already covered for sick absence, I feel I am ready to take on this responsibility,” he added.

“I feel extremely proud to have achieved this certificate and am looking forward to my future. My goal is advancement within logistics, as a Shift Manager, then a Warehouse Manager and eventually to study at degree level.”

Peteris was entered into the competition by Alan Walker, NVQ Assessor and Sandra Sinclair, Business Development Co-ordinator at Shrewsbury College, who said they saw something “extra special” in him from the outset and were proud of his determination and success.

Mr Walker, said: “Peter is an exceptional person and is proof that anything is possible. We very rarely enter people into this award as the criteria is particularly high, but we knew right away that Peteris would be in with a good chance! We are proud of everything he has achieved, and we know he will go on to have a fantastic future.”

Ian Turner, Warehouse and Distribution Manager at ABP and Peter’s line Manager, said: “Peter has been a complete self-starter in his own development and progression. He has, with clear parameters, designed, trained out and maintained a new training programme and matrix to a standard acceptable for our BRC accreditation. Peter is a great example of how nationality is not a bar to progression.”

For more information about Apprenticeships at Shrewsbury College please call 01743 342411 

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