For anyone looking for the next step after university, the Kepak graduate scheme is really an amazing opportunity. You’ll get the chance to be immersed in all areas of the business and build an understanding of where the next steps are in your career.
KEPAK CAREER TIMELINE
- July 2018: Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
- July 2018: Joined the Kepak Graduate Scheme
- July – October 2018: Production Placement
- October 2018 – Finance Placement
- November 2018 – Technical Placement
- December 2018 – February 2019 – HR Placement
- February – April 2019 – H, S&E Placement
- April – July 2019 – Supply Chain Placement
- July 2019: Completed Graduate Scheme to begin a new role as Operations Analyst.
- January 2020: Promoted to Trainee Operations Manager
- January 2021: Promoted to Operations Manager
- January 2022: Relocated to Ireland (Kepak Ballybay) and Promoted to Site Manager
KEY PROJECTS, ACHIEVEMENTS & HIGHLIGHTS
For anyone looking for the next step after university, the Kepak graduate scheme is really an amazing opportunity. You’ll get the chance to be immersed in all areas of the business and build an understanding of where the next steps are in your career. After completing the scheme you’ll transition into a role that suits you and has been built based on your experiences while on the scheme. The best part is you’ll be working within a company that is built on internal promotions and the development of its employees. There really are some big opportunities available within Kepak for those willing to push themselves and work hard. Throughout the process, you’ll have the support of your fellow graduates, past, and present and plenty of opportunities to see the wider group beyond the site where you’re based. I really would encourage anyone to apply for the scheme. You won’t regret it.
Choosing key projects from my time as a graduate is difficult as I feel all the projects I was asked to deliver added value to both myself and the business in some way. The TMS (Time Management System) project was potentially my most high profile, which required me to design, develop and launch an online system through which employees could manage their holidays, personal details and shift patterns. This was a really important project for the business and being given the chance to lead such a critical project was something I relished. The project saw me work closely with all departments in the business as well as external companies in order to find the right solution for our employee’s.
This eventually led me to train all 500+ Kirkham staff on how to use the new system which was probably my favourite part of the project. A close second would be my operations project which saw me focus on reducing overtime in turn cutting costs and redefine “what good looks like” for staff levels and planning processes. Getting the chance to fully explore our process and produce recommendations was for me the best way to learn about our site and the perfect way to start my time at Kepak.
I’m proud of the outcomes of many of my projects and to see my work still being used across the business is great. Being asked to Present an “Operations update” on behalf of the production department at the annual business update was a particular highlight. Repeating this update for our “Factory Update Video” was again a highpoint.
Seeing my journey as a graduate come full cycle after transitioning from the scheme and later becoming the Operation Placement Manager for future graduates was something I was incredibly proud of and really enjoyed. Sharing my knowledge and experience really put into place how much I was able to develop, personally and professionally across my time as a graduate.
Having now had the opportunity to relocate to another site within the business and take over as the site manager I’m still constantly reflecting on my time as a graduate. Despite having held many roles across a number of years since then I’m still utilizing the knowledge and relationship I gained during this time on a daily basis and I can honestly say I don’t think I would have been able to progress in my career anywhere near as quickly or effectively without those initial 18 months.
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