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Meet our Enterprise Advisers: Week 2 – Jason (Atlas Packaging)

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Image of enterprise advisor, Jason Sharman. The text on the image reads: 2Rewrite the story. Your experience matters. Help schools and colleges shape futures. As a business, we feel it is vitally important to help the next geneeration. We've all been there and everyone who is successful has received help, assistance and guidance and we want to pass that on" Jason Sharman - owner/ manager Atlas Packaging"

Jason is the Owner and Managing Director of Atlas Packaging and the Enterprise Adviser for Ilfracombe Academy.

“It’s always been my ideal to promote people from within the business, rather than recruit. When you have people from within they understand the culture, they can adapt to the role and it gives them an opportunity to grow – that’s a recipe for success. At Atlas, we expect people to work hard and we have fun as well, that’s vitally important.

The main thing I enjoy about my role as Managing Director is the people and the variety of challenges. I get involved in the production, people and product issues that can crop up at any time. I like to be able to step up, use my experience and make a valued contribution to improve things. It’s a dream job, I feel like I’m making a difference.

I started at Atlas as a trainee, with no experience and the person who interviewed me saw something in me. Being on the other side of this, I’ve learned that as soon as you give students one-to-one attention they start paying attention.

My advice to students would be that if you are given an opportunity, work hard, be passionate, give 100%, there are possibilities.  Never think that it’s not your time to be the best you can possibly be.

I feel like I have connected with students and made a difference to them. Bringing them here and showing them the business is a rewarding experience. There was definitely a spark and an interest in them; they are interested in rates of pay of people on the shop floor and they learned that you don’t necessarily need any qualifications to work here and have a good job.

Its important young people don’t feel written-off. I like to think that if a student has visited here while they are at school and then they come back, that’s a sign that they are dedicated and have seen something that they’ve liked here.

We gave the students at Ilfracombe Academy a project by Atlas where they had to work out the commercial costs of some packaging, including the production, the materials and the time it takes on the machines. They created a quote for a customer and it helped them to understand the commercial side of business. We took a younger employee to help them and the project got glowing reviews from the students!

As a business, we feel it’s vitally important to help the next generation. We’ve all been there and everyone who is successful has received help, assistance and guidance and we want to pass that on.”

Read more about Jason’s work with Ilfracombe Academy

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