Established in 1999, D&F Associates is a nationally approved laboratory specialising in the analysis of compost and recycled waste products. Operating from their Widnes based laboratories, D&F Associates carry out occupational and environmental assessments at customer sites throughout the UK.
Founded by Managing Director Sandra Davies, D&F Associates were looking to increase their services and customer base and recognised the need to add to their technical and administration teams to support their business development plans.
“I am passionate about maintaining the science knowledge base that is historic in our area and being able to develop new roles for local talent is one of the main driver of our business” says Sandra, “staff who joined us at a young age have grown with us but as a small company we recognise the support that the apprenticeship scheme offers to both our business and the development of our staff”.
With this ethos in mind, D&F Associates approached Warrington & Co. to explore how its Linking the Locks project could help to add two new apprentices into key positions within the company – Laboratory Technician and Administration Assistant.
After initial discussions to agree on the job roles, Jonathan and Joanne from Warrington & Co. were able to source a suitable training provider, St Helens College, and managed the entire recruitment process for D&F Associates. The result was both roles being successfully filled with two new staff members starting in September 2015.
Sandra adds: “I’ve been really pleased with the entire process. We now have two wonderful apprentices – David and Danielle- who have quickly settled into their roles and it feels as though they have been with us forever! The courses organised and operated by St Helens College have also allowed us to look at our existing staff and one of our technicians has decided to follow the NVQ route to gain a formal qualification to complement his practical abilities”.
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