King's Lynn Palm Paper Ltd wins Paper Industry Gold Awards skills accolade at House of Lords
Lynn's Palm Paper Ltd took pride of place at the first ever Paper Industry Gold Awards on Wednesday which were held on the House of Lords Terrace.
The awards were organised by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) in partnership with the Paper Gold Medal Association.
Palm Paper won the Skills Award as well over 100 people attended from across the industry. The awards culminated in the presentation of the Paper Gold Medal which is a lifetime achievement award for service above and beyond the norm in the UK’s Paper-based Industries.
There were well over 40 entries across the seven categories: The Recycling Award; The Net Zero Award; The Sustainable Innovation Award; The Skills Award; The Community Engagement Award; The Health and Safety Award, and The Paper Gold Medal. The judging panel were most impressed with the many outstanding applications.
The award recognises a company that has made a significant investment in skills development and training, looking at either specific programmes or initiatives which focus on the development of skills within their workforces and which benefit the future development of the industry by facilitating innovation, greater sustainability and the attractiveness of the industry to new recruits.
Palm Paper has made significant investments in employee training. Many staff members have Open University Engineering degrees and the Paper Technology Master’s Degree.
One example of Palm’s work concerns Zach Stanford, who started at the company 11 years ago as a paper technologist apprentice and is now technical assistant to the managing director. To achieve this progression throughout the company required significant investment in education and training.
This started with the paper technologist apprenticeship. The apprenticeship was a mix of in-house training, and theoretical education in the German Paper Technology Centre in Gernsbach.
Further to this Palm Paper sent Zach to the University of Warwick, as a full-time student, to study engineering where he was top in his class, and he is now completing a master's degree. Zach has played a key role in the business; for example, he was integral to the commissioning of the new CHP (combined heat and power) plant being constructed.
Director general of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), Andrew Large said: “CPI is delighted to have held the first ever Paper Industry Gold Awards at the House of Lords in partnership with the Paper Gold Medal Association. After years in lockdown it was good to meet with so many representatives of the Paper-based Industries face to face in an iconic location.
“The Paper Industry Gold Awards showcased excellence within the industry. The awards were an opportunity to reflect upon the many achievements of the industry in recent years and the essential role that the industry has to play in the UK economy.
“The awards demonstrate the work being done to innovate and ensure a sustainable future for the industry, protecting and creating jobs in the UK. Further to this they show the role that businesses in the sector play in their communities.
"Congratulations to Palm Paper Ltd for winning the Skills Award, it is wonderful to see the investment and support given to staff members to build skills and to see the positive impact this has had on the business. Zach is a particularly excellent example of this.”