Meet your Power List: James Blanchard, GastroNorth

Tyneside-based distributor GastroNorth has a commitment to nurture younger staff to forge a career within the catering equipment industry. The philosophy is one of progression, and the newest entrants follow a structured career plan which enables new talent to be brought in to replace them as they continue to develop.

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The latest beginner to benefit from the training is James Blanchard, who came straight out of college and into an Apprentice CAD Technician role at the distributor.

During his design engineering apprenticeship he assisted the team with their design workload, but following its completion he took on the role of Junior Design Engineer and is now learning how to turn his designs into quotations by accurately specifying equipment to meet a client’s brief.

James’ industry colleagues reported that since he started at GastroNorth his abilities have continually improved. They are anticipating further great things from him and are looking forward to seeing how that progression continues as he becomes increasingly involved with projects through sales or management, depending on where his natural aptitude lies.

His guidance through the GastroNorth’s team is part of the firm’s aim to employ staff it can develop within the industry, rather than just hiring apprentices who leave after a year or two. James is therefore one success story of this scheme, progressing his career while learning how the GastroNorth team thinks and works.

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Company: GastroNorth
Address: Merlin House, Princes Park, Princesway, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0NF
Tel: 0191 4142882
Twitter: @GastroNorth_UNG
Web: http://gastronorth.co.uk

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