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Case Studies

Advanced Award in Engineering for Daniel

Daniel Clarke joined RPC M&H Plastics in August 2008 as an Apprentice in our Toolroom. In June 2012 Michael Rivett, Toolroom Manager, was delighted to present Daniel with his Certificate confirming his completion of the ‘Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering’. Daniel attended Eagit College in Norwich during his Apprenticeship and was also assessed on many occasions in the workplace as part of his qualification. Daniel was pleased to complete his course and thanked his colleagues in the Toolroom for their support. Daniel will continue his career at RPC M&H Plastics as a fully trained Toolmaker.

Award Winning Student

Student Philip Mitchell with Sarah Kelf, RPC M&H Plastics HR Manager, receiving his award from Lowestoft College at the Celebration of Student Achievement Awards Evening.


Continuous Professional Development

We recognise that our success is dependent on the company continuously improving the way we do things. Staff development is important to us and developing and retaining high quality staff underpins everything we do.

Four of our Technical staff from the Injection Department; Mark Ballard, Nigel Jones, Martin Wells and Barry Woodard have recently successfully completed a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in Polymer Processing and Related Operations. They completed the qualification in liaison with the College of West Anglia. The candidates were required to build up a portfolio of work and demonstrate competence through an assessment process in several areas including optimising standard operations which are under process control, evaluating and modifying processing parameters to meet process operations and safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace.

RPC M&H Plastics is committed to continuous improvement and would like to congratulate these four members of staff on this achievement.


Training & Career Development Success Stories

I started in a pool of production operatives and was successfully recruited to Trainee Technician (minimum of 18 months training each in two production areas), gaining valuable knowledge and experience in a growing industry. I have since been appointed to the full role of Technician.

Steve – Trainee Technician


My career with RPC M&H Plastics began as a Production Operative within our Decoration department, progressed to Supervisor level, and then most recently became Assistant Decoration Manager.

Paula – Assistant Decoration Manager


I joined RPC M&H Plastics as a Production Support Operative and progressed to Production Controller. An opportunity then arose within our Sales Department and was successfully recruited to Customer Service Assistant to our Export team. I have now been promoted to the role of Export Customer Service Manager.

Agne – Export Customer Service Manager


I graduated with a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge before starting work with RPC M&H Plastics as Process Improvement Manager in July 2009.

Helen – Continuous Improvement Manager


During my 22 years at RPC M&H Plastics I’ve been fortunate enough to work in several departments from production to senior management gaining a wealth of experience, knowledge and qualifications including a Master of Science degree in Manufacture and Design for Polymer Products and most recently completing an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Gary – Technical Manager


I joined the company in a trainee buying role from college in 1990. RPC M&H Plastics invested time and money for my development and sponsored me for four years to enable me to gain my Graduate Diploma in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management (MCIPS). I completed this in 1997 and managed the I.T. department. Recently I was recruited to oversee our UK sales department.

Martin – Commercial Manager


I am currently completing a four year toolmakers apprenticeship and spent my first year at EAGIT (engineering college) where I learnt basic skills before working on site in the toolroom at RPC M&H Plastics. I am now trying to achieve my NVQ Level 3 in Engineering as part of my apprenticeship.

Daniel – Toolroom Apprentice


Apprenticeships are on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. RPC M&H Plastics is committed to Apprenticeships as we recognise the real business benefits which can be gained from employing apprentices as part of our work force.