PA Apprentice Best in Cheshire and Warrington

Knutsford based Packaging Automation (PA) the leading manufacturer and exporter of specialist food packaging machinery received recognition for its long established apprenticeship scheme this week when electrical engineer James Sydenham won Best Apprentice in Cheshire and Warrington in the apprenticeship category at The High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise.

PA has trained more than 100 apprentices since the scheme started 30 years ago with former apprentices now holding director, management and team leader roles in the business today. As a rapidly growing business, PA needs to continually recruit and has struggled to find engineers who have the specialist skills required for the design and manufacture of food packaging machinery.

The High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise are Cheshire's most prestigious Awards for business performance. In partnership with the University of Chester, The High Sheriff’s Awards gives Cheshire businesses the opportunity to shine and demonstrate they are an outstanding Cheshire business.
The award was announced at a ceremony held at Chester Racecourse presented by psychologist, high-performance coach and New York Times best-selling author John Amaechi OBE.

Speaking after the event James said “It feels amazing to win, I never thought 4 years ago when I joined that I would be shortlisted for an award like this never mind to win. PA has given me a great opportunity and I can’t thank them enough. The team on the shop floor have given me so much support and I am looking forward to a successful future with PA.

While working, James has completed his HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. James is now continuing to build his knowledge and thriving as an electrical fitter. PA recognises James’ potential to be a future leader in the business and he has been included in our recent Rising Stars development programme.

Neil Ashton PA’s Operations Director said “This award recognises the value that we can offer as a small business to manufacturing and engineering talent creation in the UK. We invest a vast amount of time and effort in developing young individuals that have aspirations to achieve whilst gaining a qualification. Equally as a small employer it is vital that the apprentices can add value to our operation as early on in their training programme as possible. James has demonstrated through his skill, hard work, customer focus and determination that there is no limit to what he can achieve in engineering in the future.”

Background
Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.
PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, sandwich skillet sealing and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.
Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.
For further information please contact:
Packaging Automation Ltd
Claire Carless
Marketing Assistant
claire.c@pal.co.uk
or
Samantha Ashton
Commercial Director
sam.a@pal.co.uk
Packaging Automation Ltd
Parkgate Industrial Park
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 8XW
01565 755000
www.pal.co.uk