It’s exciting times for Lowestoft based corrugated packaging manufacturer Saxon Packaging; after their acquisition by packaging conglomerate Smurfit Kappa in October 2016 the company is continuing to grow and has recently employed its very first apprentice.
19 year old East Coast College Engineering student Keenan Phillips was one of 4 students interviewed for the apprenticeship and was selected due to his “enthusiasm, practical ability and down to earth attitude & friendly disposition” explained David Medler, Operations Manager of Saxon Packaging.
Over the next 4 years Keenan will be working towards completing his Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer Level 3 under the supervision of Maintenance Engineer James Hurren, covering mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic engineering.
James joined Saxon Packaging in October 2016 bringing with him over 16 years’ engineering experience. In just 12 months James has enabled operations to run smoother and reduce machine downtime, however with an increase of packaging requirements from customers it was highlighted by James the need for another engineer to provide support.
Advertised in the local paper and online Keenan applied unaware of the Smurfit Kappa association, but due to his awareness of Saxon Packaging having been a well-known local business for over 30 years. Keenan was excited when he was made aware that Saxon was now part of Smurfit Kappa as several of his fellow college students were already completing apprenticeships with Smurfit Kappa and he had only heard positive feedback.
Two months in Keenan explained that he “enjoys working at Saxon, I look forward to coming to work. There is an upbeat atmosphere, welcoming team and everyone helps each other here in order to get the job done.”
James was previously mentored in the RAF and enjoys helping nurture Keenan; “I have had some great mentors who really stood out and helped me progress in my career, I hope to Keenan I can do the same” he said.
Keenan is looking forward to completing his apprenticeship and to further progress with Smurfit Kappa. All of us at Saxon Packaging are very excited to have him on board.
Left to right: James Hurren, Keenan Phillips and David Medler