Two ambitious teens have kick-started their careers straight from school after being accepted onto the first ever intake of Europa Worldwide Group’s RAPID Career Development Programme in Northampton.
Europa is the UK’s largest independent freight forwarder which employs nine people at its Road branch at Grange Park, Northampton.
The campaign is the brainchild of Europa’s Managing Director Andrew Baxter. As a successful business owner who started working straight from school, Andrew is a passionate advocate of learning on the job and giving young people the tools to build a thriving career.
Joining the team on the RAPID 2019 programme are Joe Deeks, 18, of Northampton School for Boys and Luqman Nassir, 18, of Malcolm Arnold Academy. They have just started on the personally tailored four-year programme which, once completed, will position them as future leaders of the business and in management roles by the age of 22.
Joe said he was utterly delighted to have been accepted on the RAPID programme, which is a game-changer in the logistics sector as it is the first of its kind.
He said: “I was thrilled when I got the phone call to say I’d impressed the team at Europa with my thorough preparation and enthusiasm for the programme. It was a testing interview and assessment process and so being picked as a RAPID and a potential future leader of the business feels like a real achievement before I’ve even started working towards my goals
“I can’t wait to see what the next four years holds and to become an integral part of the future of the business.”
Europa’s search for the country’s brightest and most passionate students interested in a career in logistics began in April 2019.
To manage the programme going forward, Lana Jay was recruited as Early Career Talent Manager. Europa then whittled down hundreds of applications to find the final 19 recruits who are now working in the Europa Road and Europa Air & Sea divisions.
To kick-start the RAPID recruits’ new careers, Europa recently held a RAPID Assessment Day – a two day intensive training programme where Europa Worldwide Group Directors explained the brand’s key vision and values whilst offering training, guidance and advice.
Lana added: “The programme was created to offer a unique, fast track scheme for bright and passionate young people aged 18 – 21 to reach senior leadership roles within four years of joining the organisation.
“We have some amazing candidates who, when given the training and guidance provided, will become great additions to the Europa team.”
Andrew Baxter, Managing Director of Europa Worldwide Group, added: “It’s a time to celebrate as we introduce 19 new recruits into the Europa family. As someone who went straight into work instead of going to University, I value giving others the opportunity to do the same.
“It’s been a long process to get to this point – from creating the idea to running a pilot scheme and holding assessment days – we’ve spent a lot of time and investment to ensure the programme is successful. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure we had the right people for the job. I believe we’ve hired some really strong individuals and I’m looking forward to see what they can achieve in the years to come.”
Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air and sea, and warehouse operator, with a £180 million turnover which employs over 900 staff across 16 sites in the UK, plus Belgium and Hong Kong.
For more information visit www.europa-worldwide.com